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Today I helped with building Lisa’s home. They are working on the upstairs getting the framing done to add windows. There were three women who are originally from France but now live in Thailand here helping. They just took a women’s carpentry class from who I believe is the same person who offers it at Yestermorrow. They lost power because apparently the heat fried the power box and we were having to hand saw hard wood in 105 degree weather with dull saws. You can imagine how that was going. Also, it was pretty comical because it was a bunch of women with saws and children running around hopping over the open spaces in the unfinished floor as a game. There is nothing like a bunch of women and children on a construction site. The Canadian woman, Shana, was yelling at her four year old daughter who is definitely at that rebellious stage to stop jumping over the gaps that lead to about a 12 foot drop and potentially her death, while vigorously sawing a piece of wood in half. I was envisioning my school being built. I can imagine myself ending up with children as we are building the place and me trying to get work done while my children are getting into who knows what running around being the free spirited, wild children I know they will end up being. It was a thought that made me smile, and then laugh. During lunch I bought some presents for my friends and family from their store. They sell cashew nut butter, honey, essential oils, kaffir lime shampoo and other similar products that are made from what they grow on the farm or from neighbors. That afternoon I wasn’t feeling so well, I think I was a little dehydrated so I lied down for a while. Once it was later in the evening we went to the canal to swim. That was really nice. I rode on the back of a moped with the Lisa’s husband. Riding a moped through a village in Thailand is seriously the best feeling, there really isn’t much else like it. At the canal we swam with our clothes on, and washed ourselves as best we could. There was a long log that stretched from one end of the canal to the other. The kids started playing “toss the shampoo bottle over the log”. In a world where children now have iPhones and video games to entertain them and have forgotten how to use their imagination to play, I appreciated watching them have such a great time doing this simple thing. Lisa’s 8-year-old daughter pretends to be a cat pouncing on the water bottle when she goes to grab it. They threw it back and forth over and over and over again laughing and seeing how far they could throw it. Shana’s 4-year-old wanted to play and they included her so well even though she obviously couldn’t throw it very far. It’s amazing how the more simple your life, the happier you are. It’s funny how that works.  If only more people could realize that. Once we got out I noticed that my tan pants were totally see through and everyone got a good laugh about that. I felt more clean and refreshed than I was expecting to when I got back to my house and put on dry clothes. After dinner Shana brewed tae to make kombucha. I’m excited to see the process of it getting made, I’ve been wanting to learn. If only the days could be as enjoyable as the evenings.

 

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