We walked through the crowded streets and market area in the center of Jacmel heading for the town square. I saw people going about their daily business acting as if the streets have always been filled with rubble from crumbled buildings caused by an earthquake. I had a feeling that I shouldn’t be there – observing, like most people do after something horrific has happened – so I justified that by shopping and buying a few things that I didn’t need – I felt better.
We found the square, all towns have one but this one is now home to many Haitian families. The cleaning crew who just happened to be all women was busy cleaning around the tents in the area. It felt hotter than usual that day and everyone was looking for shade. I saw a group of boys sitting in the shade of a huge tree and headed in that direction – thinking to myself how lost they looked. I can only imagine the feeling of being scared and having no place to go after everything in your life is gone.
I was suddenly surrounded by a group of little girls who seemed to come out of nowhere and immediately they began striking poses for my camera. We ran around entertaining each other for a few minutes and voila a lady appeared selling Popsicles! We all ended up on top that day. The kids all got a Popsicle. I got a couple of great shots. The popsicle lady made out like a bandit – selling out completely. One of the cleaning women got a popsicle and everyone was happy – Thus the name “Popsicle kids”. It was a good day!