Almost every North American I know has some sort of sling or front-carrier for their infant/toddler children. Those aren't so common here, although, they are growing in popularity. Most people simply carry babies/toddlers. You don't see nearly the number of strollers that you see in North America and you NEVER see one of those complex stroller systems that comes with car seat carrier capabilities.
This woman has often caught my eye as she walks to the public square for her grandchild to play. I've long wanted to take her picture, but never really got around to it. However, last week, I was sitting outside waiting for someone when she came out of the building. We chatted a minute and I asked her if I could take her picture.
There's so much that we take for granted! This little "backpack" most likely makes it easier for her to take her grandchild down countless flights of stairs. (Our building has ten floors, no elevator. I don't know which floor she lives on.) At any rate, it's a nice memory for me and it reminds me to be grateful for the many blessings in my life. My cup truly overflows!