You may recall that there is a four-story building on the same property where I live. On the ground floor there is a cyber cafe and the upper three floors have one apartment each. The couple who live on the third floor have three adorable children and the other day they let me take their pictures.
If the parents don't mind, the kids always have fun with it because I let them see themselves on the back of the camera after I take each shot. That always makes them smile and be up for more pictures.
One of the things I see here that I don't see nearly so much in the States is the ability kids here have to entertain themselves with very little in the way of toys. Matias had his little hot wheels car but neither of the other two had anything when they came outside. Daniela found the avocado and her oldest brother didn't seem to need anything. He played with each of his siblings and helped them with what they were doing. I see this all the time with kids who are out playing. They play swords with sticks or practice their futbal (soccer) moves with stones. There is some kind of game, the name of which I really need to learn, played with a top and stones. It takes great skill and the tops appear to be quite old in most cases, indicating a lot of practice.
Mostly what I notice with children is how content most of them are with far fewer toys than I saw in the States. Of course this is a generalization and I know of a little boy who has a room devoted to his toys and he seems unhappy far more than many of the children I see. I have also seen children in the States who were happy with the most meager of toys. It's simply a matter of how much more often I see it here. I also try to remind myself that I live in a small town and it may be very different in a big city.
I'll be going to Quito for a week next month and I'll have an opportunity to see how things seem to be there. In fact, I'll be seeing how many, many things are there.