- "The Little Boy and the Old Man"
Said the little boy, "Sometimes I drop my spoon."
Said the old man, "I do that too."
The little boy whispered, "I wet my pants."
I do that too, laughed the little old man.
Said the little boy, "I often cry."
The old man nodded, "So do I."
But worst of all, said the boy, 'It seems grown-ups don't pay attention to me."
And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand -
"I know what you mean," said the little old man
- Shel Silverstein. .
This has always been my favorite click I've taken of this ladhaki man. I stayed at his home at a stop during my winter treks in Ladhak. A copper smith by profession he comes alive with happiness when tourists passing by show an interest in his work.
Tiny bowls, spoons and copper plates he immediately removes from that bag of his. We all come alive with happiness when our work has been shown appreciation and value, don't we.
At his age at being left behind in the village during winters by his children while they go off to search work in the cities, he finds a sense of self worth and value through selling these pieces rather than selling it just for the sake of money.
I smiled at his happiness then, and I smile at the memory of it now looking at this old photograph - Anne, Wandering Dreamcatcher.
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