Published on: 11th Sep 2016
We arrived at the lake just in time to see the end of, what looked like, a very jolly pre-school and daycare centre outing to Zoo Lake. Most of the kids were already loaded in the busses while the last ones were (reluctantly) on their way to the busses. Based on the number of mini-busses, it must have been at least 100 kids, age between 3 and 12 years.
Naturaly, I had my X-E2 with the 27mm pancake lens with me - I feel about my camera the same way Jerry Fowlds feel about his pocket knife (He once told me: "If I do not have my knife with me, it most likely mean I am also without pants")
Taking photos of the kids was a natural reaction.
The smallest kids, from Motholo Day Care Centre, were wearing blue and yellow shirts. The kids with orange shirts (from Thando pre-school and day care centre) was a little bit older - I guess up to 10 years of age.
The differences in social behaviour between these two groups were very obvious; The preschoolers were dumpstruck by these foreign people photographing them, while the peer pressure of the older kids were very noticeable - the older girls came to pose with a two finger sign over their eyes. The younger kids of this group followed and mimic the same sign - even with a lollipop in the mouth!
I had to search the meaning of this sign on the internet and reddit brought me closer to the meaning - ratchet , although I do think these girls do not know the meaning of this sign at all. They most likely mimics the older girls at school and just think that it is "cool" to pose this way...
I must commend the ladies of these day care centres on the orderly manner they were handling the kids.
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