I finally made it through to the end of the semester and I can say it was an eventful time. I am now getting ready for a visit to the local congregation of our church and I am very excited to meet everyone and worship together. But, before I leave on that trip, I will share with my follow teachers in a Kodai version of Thanksgiving. In that spirit I want to say that I am so thankful for all the blessings I have received thus far; being so warmly welcomed in this town and into the school community. I was especially blessed by all the positive comments I received…..
Today, as the rain was pouring down on the metal roofs and it was grey and dreary outside, I sat and listened as Giovanni played some Bach on the piano. He is one of my music teacher colleagues here at KIS. I have watched him play for accompaniments with the students and have marveled at his ease with which he can play and just sight-read amazingly complex things and make them sound simple. But, it’s not just his ability to play lots of notes that wows me. Many people can play piano at this level, it’s the fact that he plays with so much intensity every single time he touches…..
Why have I not written for so long? I think it’s culture shock or maybe it’s the final sort of settling in and wanting to simply “be” here, rather than write about it all. But, two major things happened in the past two weeks. There is this feeling of your life being turned upside down when you move to another country. Everything you knew before is changed and different. Many things at home are upside down. But when I have gone through change in the past, there have been certain things that held me up. When I have been depressed or off balance, for the past 6 years, dancing has…..
She had left the window in her office open and went down the hall to go to the bathroom. When she came back, she said her desk chair was facing away from the door. As if out of a scene of a movie, she came around the corner into the room and her chair slowly swiveled around to face her. In it was sitting a monkey who acted like this was his domain. As she started screaming, he started hissing at her.
This past week, the whole school was on field trips. Since I arrived late in the semester, I was not assigned a group until just about a week before the trips. I ended up being on day trips from the campus with the 3rd and 4th grade class. (The 5th up to 12th grade students went on 4-7 daylong trips to farther away locations.) Since I do not teach this age group – my students are 5th-12th grade, it was an interesting chance to work with these younger kids and maybe build a rapport with some who might want to get started in string lessons in the next year or…..
For me, walking in nature is a type of meditation and taking photos of that is sort of like painting a picture. You are tuned in to the details that you might not pay attention to if you are in a hurry to get somewhere.
When I think of honking the horn at home in the states, I think of New York, where everyone is in a hurry and has one hand on the steering wheel and one hand on the horn to tell others they are upset and need to get out of the way. Here, it is a friendly honk, to give a bearing on where the other cars are, so that you can stay clear. When we got to the larger cities and I perceived there to now be truly two full lanes, there were really three lanes or sometimes four.
Here’s another analogy for you. Look to the dogs. They always have time for you. The dog never says to you, “Hey, I would love to chase after that ball, but I have an appointment with the groomer in 20 minutes and I have to fight through rush hour traffic to get there.” He doesn’t say to you, “Hey, I would really like to be petted, but I just don’t have time for that right now. I have a report to write about which corners of the house I peed on and which ones I missed.” No, your dog doesn’t say any of that to you. Instead, he comes enthusiastically running to your side after you have been away and is always happy to see you. He will chase a ball or lay down for petting for hours on end, if only YOU have the time to give. I wish to live my life in such a way that I make time for the important things, while also making a difference in other people’s lives.