but sometimes i just can't resist. the other day a little girl was selling these finger puppets and when i saw that there was a llama finger puppet i just had to buy it. i am a sucker for odd animals portrayed in toys (i have bought my niece an emu beanie baby and a coatimundi stuffed animal)
the llama only cost a sole, which is a little less that 30 cents. so no skin off my back, really. but when the bolshevik questioned what i would possibly do with a llama finger puppet (aside from compose this lovely photo which itself is already worth more than 30 cents) i explained that when we go to lake titicaca (he he he) we are supposed to bring little toys for the children. see, i am weeks ahead of the game! i have a little toy for a child!
but then, later in the week another small child asked me to buy a finger puppet, and i had to put my foot down. i mean, i can't buy finger puppets from everyone. it went something like this:
boy: hey lady! want to buy a finger puppet?
me: [waving him away] no gracias.
boy: [jogging after me] why no? buy a finger puppet!
me: [quickening my pace] no gracias. i already have one.
boy: [still following along my side] why no? you have ten fingers and ten toes. why no buy more?
me: [at a loss for words at such fine logic]
and then dear blog readers, just before i was about to break down and buy another finger puppet, the boy stopped dead in his tracks as though he had run into a force field. i've actually seen this happen with other child vendors, and then i realized something. we had reached a corner and he was not allowed to cross the street. but it does seem likely that by the time i leave cusco i may have a puppet for each finger, and maybe even a few toes.