Our World: Sidewalk Picnic

Every evening the man on the left tends to his roadside fruit stand on a very busy street in Jeddah. This particular evening a friend joined him for a meal of pita bread, tea, olives and lubna, a type of soft white cheese popular in Saudi Arabia. They just spread out a sheet on the sidewalk and had their own little picnic. I find that people such as this vendor – who lead rather simple and stress-free lives with few needs or expectations – seem to be the happiest, friendliest, most generous and most content people I have ever come across. Is that your impression too?

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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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9 Responses to Our World: Sidewalk Picnic

  1. I fully agree with you Susie that we can all take a few lessons from people who live simple lives.
    It was a lesson I learnt early in life and still find it true today.

  2. ladyfi says:

    What a charming scene. You’re right – people with simple lives are often content.

  3. Jerry M says:

    They look fairly contented. Certainly we don’t gain as much as we should for all the stress we have in our lives.

  4. Joyful says:

    Yes, I was going to say the man looks like he is enjoying himself immensely. I like to see that. People can be happy with so little and dare I say, more happy than those with much more material things. As long as you have clothing, a roof over your head and food in your belly.

  5. I do so agree with Elmer and Gaelyn!! People like these seem to appreciate life in a way the rest of us seem to totally miss! A wonderful post and a great capture for the day, Susie! Hope your week is going well!


  6. Lowell says:

    An especially interesting slice-of-life in Jeddah. I think you have a point re “simplicity.” It has been my experience that people who are blessed with a large portion of life’s goodies spend an inordinate amount of time preserving them, defending them, and justifying them. It isn’t good to be poor by any stretch of the imagination, however. The problem I see world-wide and esp. in the U.S. can be summed up in one word: Greed! If you remember the movie, “Wall Street,” you might find it fairly representative of the U.S. today, financiers and politicos and truck drivers alike!

  7. elmer says:

    Well you know what they say, the rich are not contented and those who are contented — are not poor. I cannot be sated with bread and cheese for dinner. How lucky are we if we don’t have to need things. Some people just can’t see how fortunate they are. Love this post.

  8. Gaelyn says:

    Seems world wide, the people who make their living off the streets (legitimately) are a happier lot than the “elite” as life really is pretty simple.

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