Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Double Fantasy

In addition to giving him a few pesos for his marginally-improved rendition of Cielito Lindo yesterday, we made sure to give Jesús his own copy of yesterday's newspaper, which he hadn't yet seen. It's like one of those stars posing with their doppelganger at Madame Tussaud's, isn't it?


There was some heated debate at today's editorial meeting about publishing this picture, since it could be misconstrued as mocking and cruel. (Jesús is grinning and amused at seeing such a large picture of himself in the paper, but of course he can't read the words "Child Exploitation" plastered over his head.) In the end, though, we decided to run it with the explanation that this seven-year-old boy, now literally the poster boy for the traffic in child labor, is still sitting right outside the Governor's office playing the accordion for money rather than attending school so he can learn how to read something as basic as a newspaper article on child labor.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Would love to see you follow this story. We have a million of them here in Oaxaca, and get overwhelmed.Went to Puebla for Home Depot run this weekend and spent some time in the Zocalo. Were surprised by the lack of children working the streets. I thought Puebla had such a bad rep.
Foto del dia is wonderful. Were you in a hot air balloon? Looks like a piece of scenery at the Met!
Victor

Dave said...

I'm with Victor on following the story.

I have to admit to feeling a bit conflicted, as on one hand I'd like to see Jesus and company in school and off the streets, but on the other hand, Cielito Lindo is "the song" for my wife and I, so I'm anxiously following his musical development. Of course, how hard can it be to learn one silly song on the accordion? Seems like a great after-school project.

Burro Hall said...

We're happy to keep following it, though we're pretty sure the ending will involve coyotes and the Arizona desert - or, at least, we can't imagine a different ending right now.

Thanks for the compliment, Anon - it was actually taken from a rooftop bar right across the street, one of the few places here that understands the concept of a dry martini.

Cielito Lindo is something of a sore spot around these parts, Dave.

Dave said...

Point well taken. Personally once a year is adequate, say around anniversary time, (IF we're in Mexico and IF I'm feeling sentimental). If we're ever in town again I promise not to hire Jesus to play it under your window.

Anonymous said...

Why not mentor the kid?

Anonymous said...

^^^^^^^^^^^
The kids already being expolited, why would you want the poor kid to grow up to be a known as Lil Burro?