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A Real Life Mother and Child!

15 Oct

Maybe I’m getting mean and picking on the NYTimes travel section too much… or maybe this type of essentialism is just what this blog is focused on…

Today’s Travel Section features this photo and caption:

“We were in the Urubamba Valley, often called the Sacred Valley, in the Andes, not far from Machu Picchu. I was struck by the rapt attention of this mother and her child. Peru is a country of vast contrasts, from the sophistication of Lima to the huge mountains that nurture its inhabitants and the awesome remains of the Incan civilization.”

Yes, what a contrast between sophisticated Lima and this nameless woman and the attention she pays to her child… Who knew that indigenous people took care of their children?

You’d think that at this point in the game, the NYTimes would only accept submissions from travelers who made at least some attempt to respect the dignity of their photographed subjects…

Does this woman have a name? A story? A hope and a dream? Has she given permission for her face to be used as an example of the joys of traveling for the U.S. leisure class?