She was only 4

 I met her at Cat Cat village, Sapa in northern Vietnam. I was trekking down the Hmong tribal village carrying my Lowepro Computrekkar while she was climbing up carrying a "backpack" of her own... her 2 month-old brother! I soon found out that she was only 4. Suddenly my backpack didn't feel so heavy anymore.

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Apparently this is the norm in this part of the world where the adults have to work the farm and/or will be out to earn a living where those at home, if they are able, would help in one way or another to do the rest of the family chores. I am glad that I brought my family on this trip to see for themselves how lucky they are.

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