|Morales attracts an audience working on Seventh Ave.|
Odalis Yaneth Morales has faced all of those, and kept looking forward.
|'Handing' a hat to a customer.|
Morales grew up on the Senu indigenous territory in Cordoba Department, where she said that making handicrafts is about the only employment available. She was born without arms and learned the trade from her mother.
"I didn't have hands, so I had to do it with my feet," she said.
|Passing pesos to a customer.|
Recently, a television program profiled Morales and someone who saw the show is contributing money so that she can study psychology, which she is doing via internet with a Colombian university.
Nearby, Embera indigenous women sell their own handicrafts. But Morales is the main attraction for passersby, who gather around marvelling at the adroitness of her toes. A few people by crafts; others drop coins into her basket. Undoubtedly, the feats Morales accomplishes with her feet serve as lessons to many children. "Now, you see why you shouldn't complain about little things!" mothers admonish.
I ask her for her name.
|She writes her name in a neat 'hand.'|
I ask Morales whether she regrets having been born without arms.
"No, not at all," she says, "it's God's will."
Morales' goal is to obtain her degree in psychology and return to work with her people.
Certainly, her best lesson will be the example she's set.
|A customer admires herself in the window of the Golden Palace Casino.|