Children were curious about us and also begged for food or anything material we had. This group and the girl in pink PJ’s, two pictures ahead, were there most times we stopped to buy local ice. Adults discouraged the kids from dealing with us but could not stop all of them. Some boys made an unknown hand gesture to me, that I took as friendly but after Vietnam I learned it was an insult akin to the American sign of a raised middle finger. The oddly-shaped broom worked well and I see them used in small Vietnamese-owned businesses in America today.