A sincere Thank You for all your Comments and Votes for 'Lunch 64 - The Wee Chap', which seemed to pull as many heartstrings, as delight you with his cheery smile. Quite rightly, I was admonished by a few, for only giving the lad one sweet...! We were standing around the corner from the school entrance at the time and many children got sweets, it's just that this wee chap's smile was so outstanding, that I took his picture.
We have also visited villages, in many places in Kenya, way out of town, which usually have a single, small shop. The shop sells single sweets, but rarely is there sufficient budget in these families pockets, for such a luxury. It's a wonderful indulgence, to buy up all the packets of sweets and hand them out to a growing mass of children and their Mums. It is quite amazing, how fast word spreads, that a mad Mzungu (mah-zun-gu = white person) is handing out free sweets...! Within three minutes, not a child in the village is missing from the sea of waving hands and it's quite a job to ensure that each hand only gets one sweet - it becomes a battle of wits, to get to the smaller children at the back..!
Rob summed up the thoughts of many "....sometimes the less you have, the happier you are
". There isn't the peer-pressure in Kenya, that there is in the developed world - but it is increasingly becoming more evident in the cities.
The large dam in Nairobi's National Park, has provided me with a number of Lunch images. Pictured here, is an African Spoonbill. It sweeps its spoon-shaped bill from side to side and back and forth, while disturbing the bottom with its feet. It eats aquatic insects, molluscs, small fish and frogs. A large bird of around 36" (90cm) in length, it has an unusual way of sitting down and roosting, as you may see in V2. The third version shows its unusual bill and its plumage.
Have a Mirthfull Monday everyone ...!
Wildlife and nature
Nairobi National Park
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