Tuesday, March 14, 2006

A maid and her madam

An old woman in a wheelchair, looking out across the harbour, with a Philipino maid sitting next to her. They were on an elevated walkway between TsimShaTsui and HungHom on the Kowloon side, with a gorgeous panoramic view of Hong Kong Island across the harbour.

The walkway was 10 meters above street level, with no elevator access, just sloping ramps on either end. So the maid must have pushed the wheelchair up one of the ramps. They would also have to cross at least several streets even from the nearest residential buildings.

The maid’s left arm was around the old woman’s shoulders, her head touching the old woman’s, tenderly.