Work as play


It’s fascinating to see kids at play; especially in societies where those kids cannot afford XBoxes or other modern amenities.  It’s most interesting to note that to a child, their “work” is play.  And what kids most want to play at is being all grown up, like their parents.  I mean, what girl doesn’t think her mother is the most beautiful woman in the world, or her father the strongest, tallest, most handsome man in the world.  And what boy doesn’t want to be just like his father and do “grown up things”.


These children are taking advantage of some rain and a work crew leaving tools out during a break, to form their own company of street workers.  In a country where roads and houses are made from mud and clay, working with mud and clay is a major portion of industry, and these enterprising young people are practicing for the day when they can help support their families through the sweat of their brows, doing honest work.


And of course, for every crew of street workers, there needs to be a supervisor to keep an eye on things.



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5 Responses to Work as play

  1. Luke Heikkila says:

    it is nice to see kids being kids without the distraction of military presence. while I was embedded the unit I was with would quickly become the center of attention in the villages they visited, no wonder why, your photos really did do a nice job capturing their moments of play. thanks for sharing.

  2. Luke Heikkila says:

    Reblogged this on 10 Days in the Sand and commented:
    If you have enjoyed reading my take on Afghanistan I think you’ll really enjoy the blog Hot Milk for Breakfast. It is written by a guy from Iowa who is into some pretty adventurous travel…including a lot of time spent in Afghanistan. The tagline for his blog is, “A weird and unique look at Afghanistan.” Check him out.

  3. My first reblog! Thanks, Luke!

  4. I’m new to your blog, courtesy of the reblog. My husband is currently serving in Afghanistan. I love reading blogs like this one. It’s refreshing to see the lives of the people and not just the fear and the war. I would love to be able to travel to other countries and experience their cultures and live in their world. These children are full of such hope and dreams and that brings me great comfort for the future of their nation. These are the children who will lead Afghanistan in the future. Let us pray their hopes, dreams, and goals for live are realized.

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