I love 'people watching' and a market stall is the perfect vantage point to watch the world go by. I often feel privileged to witness little moments between couples or children or good friends. It can be so heartwarming.
There are inevitably the more heart-wrenching moments too. Today I watched a man I assumed was the father and a little boy, probably about 4 years old, and as they walked along the little boy kept reaching up to hold his hand and getting pushed away. I felt for him so much.
There are lots of lighthearted moments as well, and some downright hilarious ones. A wonderful and interesting array of styles and fashions and personalities go by, and you really see just how unique every single one of us is.
Then there are the browsers and customers, most are friendly or at least polite, and occasionally some not quite so polite. There are interesting conversations or touching moments as people tell you about the person they are buying a gift for or how much they loved something they were given.
And then there was the child that came and stood for ages in front of my stall on his own just looking at everything and eventually asked quietly if he might touch the glass... I said yes and his shy little face lit up. He was about 8 and entranced by all the colours. I knew he would be gentle with it and he was. His parents joined him when they caught up and apologised for him - there was no need.
Canine visitors can be less welcome, or at least the ones that put their muddy paws up on the stall or pee against the end of it! Their owners never seem to feel obliged to apologise for them...
So much to see on a market day and an exhausting amount to take in, but I can't help watching it all - people are fascinating.