Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Toy Seller

I was wandering around one of the poor areas of Wuxi where the houses are all at ground level and the laundry is hanging everywhere.  I saw this old man, on a bicycle, slowly peddling through this area, selling some simple toys.  Slowly, weakly, quietly, he demonstrated a toy drum -- a tiny drum attached to a handle -- turning the handle back and forth caused two tiny balls, attached via string to the sides of the drum, to hit the surface and make a noise amusing for little children.
The sight seemed very forlorn.  Wuxi is building huge shopping malls and yet an old man continues to sell toys in a very old-fashioned way.

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