Foreigners were quite the attraction in this small Andhra Pradesh village.
It was always a little disconcerting, but here it came with a truly sad
note. One of the women (not pictured here), was convinced that we should
take her baby back to the United States. "Here, she will have no school. she
will have no food. In America she will be fat and happy." It took the better
part of an hour to explain that even though yes, her baby was beautiful and
healthy, we would not be allowed to bring her into our country. To the end
she seemed sure that if only her baby was a little more beautiful we would
have been swayed.
It's difficult to see someone who loves their child and yet thinks the
best thing she can do for her is to give her away to complete strangers.
It's one of those times when overwhelming guilt makes me wish I could travel
in complete invisibility.