in benin (and most of africa), babies are carried on the back. no fancy baby-carrying-doohickies here. just a simple pagne (piece of fabric) wrapped around you and the baby, much like you'd wrap a towel.
i've decided this is genius. i mean, women do all kinds of things with babies on their backs here. they hand wash clothes, carry stuff on their heads, ride on the backs of zems, clean the house, cook over charcoal fires along the street... the list goes on. nothing about a baby slows a woman down, it seems.
so i was picking up some things from my seamstress last week and asked if i could tie her 7 month old baby to my back for a picture. she got SO excited. she gave him a bath and put on his very best "lacy" outfit. here is the result:
and now i'm thinking... you know... if i don't get married in the next few years... i think i might adopt a baby. armed with a pagne, i'm pretty sure i'd make a good mom.