Working the Fields
An impressive feat, planting a rice field. No machine has been created that can match a single farmers delicate hands placing each individual seedling into the prepared soil. The dedication for planting and maintaining these fields leads to a permanent deformity in the lumbar spine of the elderly. The mark of a farmer can not be disguised. The position they maintained for decades working the rice paddies deteriorates their spinal column, locking them in a permanent bend at the hips. Many of the elderly must walk with canes to support their upper bodies because they are restricted to a nearly 90 degree bend at the hips. A great sacrifice. One that earns then nothing but a sense of respect when in their presence.