Ingenuity in the face of Scarcity
“Mommy, I need a ruler for my homework,” my younger son told me after school one day.
“Well, where is yours?” I said, already knowing the answer.
“I left it in my desk at school,” he said, his brown eyes widening to garner as much sympathy from me as possible.
I sighed and began digging around in the junk drawer and craft supplies while calling for my older son and asking him for his ruler. Of course, my older son didn’t have his either but instead of helping me search for one, he went wordlessly to the computer.
I heard the sound of the printer and then scissors cutting paper.
“Here you go,” he said, handing his little brother a ruler made of paper.
“That was really smart,” I said.
My older son tapped his head with a finger and replied, “That’s the Latino way.”
His response made me laugh but he’s right – in the face of scarcity, Latinos come up with ingenious solutions and it’s something I truly admire. While Latinos aren’t the only ones with clever ideas, here are a few photos of Salvadorans showing us how it’s done.
(By the way, Carlos and I have totally done that before. Not recommended for highway driving.)
Related Links Featuring Latino Ingenuity:
Washer/dryer turned Pig Roaster – from TikiTikiBlog.com
Note: Images collected from message boards around the internet with no original source/photographer given. If you are the photographer and would like credit or your photo removed, please contact me.