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August 24, 2003
A pretty black girl, about nine years old, with a smooth rounded belly, holds onto two poles and sways in concert with the subway's motion. She and her quiet, pretty mom smile. The girl's hair is in a simple braid. She wears blue jeans, white sneakers, simple gold earrings and a fine gold chain from which dangles a single small charm. I can tell she's especially proud of her striped shirt with little red and blue plastic heart charms hanging off the shoulders. It obviously makes her happy to wear it. It makes me happy enough to want to cry.