Friday, August 28, 2009

"United Nations"


Aris and I brought AJ to the mall so he could enjoy some time at the play area. It was most interesting to look at the people - so many different features that in my mind I had fun 'tagging' them as I watched my child. Among others, there was a middle-aged man, probably a grandpa who was wearing dark glasses, and looked Italian. There were three chinky-eyed moms who were probably Chinese, Korean or both. There was a Caucasian young man who, by his army shorts and haircut, looked very domesticated indeed with a diaper bag slung on his shoulder as he followed his toddling daughter around. There were two grim faced gentlemen who looked like Greeks. There was a funny black teenage girl who made us laugh by making his little brother dance. And then there were us. Oh, the children all looked beautiful in that little paradise.

We all looked different. We spoke different languages. But we all watched our young. And along with kissing boo-boos away, we shared smiles and laughter and small talk. That little play area yesterday held one of God's most fascinating artwork.

15 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

The mall not far from us in Knoxville has a 'play' area just like the one you pictured. There are always parents and grandparents there with little ones. Neat place!!!!

We're off to Hendersonville today to check on G's parents. Have a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

Icy BC said...

We use to have a play area in the local mall until they took it down. I love watching people interact with their children in this area..

Trudy said...

I love to people watch too. It is fun trying to figure everyone out!

Stephanie Faris said...

People just fascinate me. I love sitting around people-watching and imaging what their backstories are. I think we take for granted the melting pot that is this great country of ours...and how unique we ALL are. People are really complex and amazing, when you think about it.

cherie said...

enjoy your weekend, ms. betsy!

isn't it interesting, Icy? too bad they took down the one near you..

i do enjoy it, ms. trudy! thanks!

this is a beautiful country, and i just love the diversity here. thanks, steph!

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betchai said...

i remember the days when i too care of my nieces and nephew when they were young, they always love to be in a play place. hope M and AJ will have another wonderful and happy time this weekend Che.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

United Nations, indeed! What a great post and I always enjoy watching little ones play...what innocence and joy!

KayDee said...

I loved all your descriptions of all the different people you saw. We may come in all shapes, sizes and colours but in the end we are all just people.

T. Anne said...

That looked like a fun place for kids, parent's too ;)

cherie said...

very interesting place, indeed. some parents read a book, others chat on the phone, others doggedly follow their children around (a must for very little kids as they hurt each other at some point. i watch the boys like a hawk.. thank you much, beth, ms. sandy, kaydee, and T. Anne!

rainfield61 said...

You look at people, people look back at you.
Everyone looks at each other.
All usually happen silently.

cherie said...

that's right, rainfield, until SOMETHING happens and then you just smile...and that breaks everything!:)

ladyviral said...

And so the kids went havoc on the day out :P.

Always nice to see kids running around laughing and going out of breathe after haha!

cherie said...

they do run out of breath, LV! thanks for coming by!

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