"We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body. "
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
I’d like to dedicate this month’s installment solely to my students. Although it is certain none of them will read this, or even know what a “blog” is, they are my inspiration and joy here. Case and point: just in the time that it took me to write that sentence, I was “disturbed” twice by two of my girls, Kinzang Dema and Pema Choki, who brought me beans, walnuts, chilies, and a cucumber that weighs about 5 lbs. They are still a bit shy, but we talked about food in Bhutan, their village, and I did my best to make them laugh. This is a common scene- students timidly tapping on my door throughout the day/night with questions or gifts. Tonight, they did not want to come in and have tea because it is almost their bedtime, but they agreed to come and watch a movie with me on Saturday. Good. Because I truly can’t think of many people I’d rather be around than my students. I say this a bit sheepishly, because I know it sounds like I’m bragging, especially to my teacher friends in America who have to deal with an array of behavioral issues from students and their parents on a daily basis. And maybe I am bragging a bit; while I certainly can’t take credit for the quality of my students’ characters, they indeed have made me into the proudest teacher this side of the Pacific and burst my heart right open. It’s hard not to want to boast, just a little.
|Reading "Wind in the Willows" to one of my classes|
|Some of my boys and me|
|Telling about books they would like|
|Tekindra Neopany and Karma Tshering hamming it up for the camera|
|Crowding on a suspension bridge|
|Canopy they built|
|Flower beds all over|
|Garden plots cleared by students|
the upcoming cultural program AMSS will put on for the community. I have planned a trip to Thailand at the end of December. This month we have a holiday coming up called “Blessed Rainy Day” and that will be something to remember. I will talk more about all these things in my next post. For this one, I just wanted to take the time to focus on how lovely my students are, and how beautiful they have made my surroundings. Thanks for listening to me gush.