My daughter Lydia, who is two and a half years old, noticed this picture in the newspaper I was reading. This is a photograph by Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images, as it appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sunday, February 12, 2017.
LYDIA: Who are they?
MAMA: They are standing in line to vote in India.
LYDIA: Are they like us?
MAMA: Well, they are people. They live in a country where the grownups vote to choose a president. They stand in line like we do. But their country is far away, so some things are different. They have different people to choose when they vote. And they are all wearing headscarves.
LYDIA: I wear a headscarf! It’s blue.
MAMA: These have some very pretty flowers and patterns. (We admire the scarves until something else catches her attention.)
I vaguely recall that I once tied a blue bandanna around her head. She has often seen Muslim and Orthodox Jewish women wearing scarves that completely cover their hair. Are they like us? Yes and no. We all are people, and the things that are different between people make Earth an interesting place to be. That’s not so hard to understand.