This ranks as my number one or two favorite photos I have ever taken. In the fall of 2016 we visited our ‘Chinese Kids’ at their homes in mainland China.
On our first full day in Beijing we stayed with our dear ‘daughter’ Xinyi in her apartment in the city. She had to work so she handed us off to our other Beijing kiddo. Chen took us to some sites and then wanted to take us to her favorite local, family owned restaurant.
It was a real what we would call ‘hole in the wall’ and true real Chinese food. The place was in a neighborhood close to the Forbidden City. We were walking to that amazing historic site when I noticed these kids playing in the middle of the sidewalk.
It was one of those wonderful spontaneous moments as I snapped this shot quickly hoping it would turn out. It was true ‘street photography’.
To me it represents my philosophical view of ‘there are no boarders’. People are people. Kids play outside and build castles wherever they are. Governments attempt to convince us that we are adversaries…sorry, people are people and we have the capability of loving each other.
We deeply miss and love our Chinese ‘kids’: Xinyi; Chen; Yu; Jing; Xiaxoa; Fanying. We hope we can see them again.