Captured at the outdoor shopping plaza The Shoppes in Chino Hills, California.
This toddler has nothing to worry about, he can just sit back and enjoy the ride and take in the sights. He has the MGS (Maternal Guardian Squad) protecting his back and flanks. No rational person will ever try to get between a mother and her child, and this mother is unambiguously demonstrating this precept with her gaze. It is a reality of life though, that once they reach puberty, there becomes less and less that a mother or father can do to protect their child from the risks in life, the best that can be hoped for is that beginning early in their child’s lives, parents can encourage critical thinking and a foundation of adequate moral and ethical values.
This scene could be somewhere in the United States, or not. When I was thinking about the image and what to title it, the image conjured up quite a few dramatic scenarios in my mind. Are they looking for something or someplace? Are they checking if they have been followed? The woman is protective of the baby, the man seems nonchalant with his hands in his pockets. What are they gazing at? The mark on the woman’s left arm has me somewhat baffled, I did not put it there. Is it some sort of tribal marking?
What potential story is triggered in your mind when you view this image?