After finishing my weekly shopping evening at Shuk Mahaneh Yehuda outdoor market, I just had to stand and watch in admiration at the expert way the man in the truck lifted the heavy sack and let it down on the other man's shoulder. A little white cloud puffed out around the porter's head each time and he walked in and out of a bakery many times, so I assume it was flour. "Jerusalem" is printed on the sacks under a drawing of the city. .
Temperatures in the 90s F or low 30s C (all week). I wondered how many hours the men had already been working since morning.
Then I shouldered my backpack full of nuts, dried legumes, and vegetables and picked up my two tote bags full of fruit, fish, and chocolate and started walking to the first of my two buses to the moshav. And you know, suddenly my own burden was not as heavy as it seemed before taking this photo.