The harbor in Aruba is a tourist destination. Near the shops is a "I heart Aruba" sign that serves as a backdrop for tourists taking photos.

Watching people can be fun. Especially in tourist spots. In this case, folks are making pictures of each other at the “I heart Aruba” display. Everyone stops while the person poses. The private event of one person making a photo of another becomes a public, communal affair.

Of course, this is aimed squarely at tourists. Monuments and similar attractions aren’t always erected in order to attract visitors, but they end up having a similar effect. Folks stop. They make pictures of themselves. And then move on. A hundred stories overlapping like waves on the ocean.

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James Smith