Happy Time at the "End of the World"「世界盡頭」 快樂的一天
Jennifer's Photo Stories (26) 曾錚的圖片故事（26)
This photo was taken when I was in primary school. I was given a treat and taken to the park at Mianzhu County, Sichuan Province, China, to play for a whole day by my mother's friend. Mianzhu County is about 13 Kilometers (8 miles) away from Hanwang, where we lived. Hanwang was a small town with only a population of some 30K, and no parks or playgrounds for children whatsoever. For me as a child, Mianzhu County was as remote as the end of the world. Transportation was very difficult when nobody had a car, or even a bike. Buses might only run once everyday.
So, I was extremely happy that my mother's friend chose to take me with her family to the BIG CITY to play. And we decided to take a group photo after a happy day in the park, as a remembrance of such an important event. Nobody had a family camera then, but there people making a living in the park by taking "professional photos" for people. So this was one of their jobs! I still remember that the man who took this photo for us praising me for knowing how to smile when taking photos! And that's why the little girl beside was trying so hard to look at me to see how I was smiling!
PS: If you think my T-shirt looks strange, that was because my photoshop skill is too poor. I have managed to remove the red scarf I was wearing. All Young Pioneers in China are required to wear it. Since I have withdrawn from the Communist Party and its related organizations including Young Pioneers, I believe it is better to remove it. My Quit CCP Declaration is available at the end of this long, long article: The Story of My Father