Every week I feature a picture taken by myself or Jerry Bauer that tells the story of a person. Sometimes they’re bizarre, informative, or just plain entertaining. To see more Portraits Around the World, click here.
Have you ever observed kids playing? They might chase each other with water guns in your neighborhood, or maybe they have pools to splash in, like most kids did in mine. When I look back at my childhood I remember running through a big back yard, climbing up to my best friends tree house sitting high up in a mango tree, and jumping off swing sets.
I also remember living in a third world country and driving down the street where kids would beg for money as a pass time. We moved to Nicaragua not long after the war in the 90’s, and the country was so poor that we raised our own chickens just to have poultry to eat. Maybe that’s a tough thing to imagine, but we always had food on the table. At the end of the day, I didn’t have to think about the hard things, I just wanted to play. I wasn’t in a situation where I needed to, and I give thanks for that every day.
Seeing kids in less fortunate situations today shocks me a little bit, despite the fact that I myself grew up in a country similar to theirs. But you know what? It’s rare that I find a kid without a big smile on his or her face, like the kind the little boy in this weeks Portraits Around the World wears as he races with his friends in Dominican Republic. Kids will be kids and somehow, they’ll find a way to play. This is more admirable than any swing set I’ve ever owned.