In teeming market, little girl is sign of the times

Sign of times

Battling my way through Phsar Thmey (Central Market, or literally New Market) in Phnom Penh last week, the little girl in the photo above stopped me in my tracks.

Although it seems as though she is responding to someone’s bid for attention, it is merely a young girl’s curiosity at work.

She is perched on the edge of a restaurant stall, one of many in that part of the market, where her mother was busily at work while resorting to the sort of distraction that parents around the world use to occupy the young.

Below is what I mean by “restaurant stall,” not her mother’s, for readers who haven’t visited Cambodia’s sprawling markets.  (And the fried noodles at this one in Phsar Thmey are particularly toothsome.)

Restaurant stall

I was so charmed by the situation that I wanted to share the child’s photo with my readers. Enjoy!

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