I was searching through (virtual) stacks of photos in my library as a small favor to a student I worked with and I realized (rather revived) my love for Thailand and the culture. My reinstated and reenergized faith in the South East region of Asia gets me excited for the next season. Throughout my stay I encountered many beautiful moments that summoned a new appreciation for life.
A poem from my stay:
Now that you've got to witness
the mission and prerogative of Rustic business
I want you to think to yourself...
how will I make a difference?
The feeling is gripping
but the outcome is lifting,
like a smiling child in a language unknown
or a heartbeat produced from a love poem.
What will you do?
In the matter of a few days
Rustic presents service efforts in a variety of ways.
Thai-down your judgements
release your reservations
come to a foreign nation
and embrace the "land of smiles."
Welcome Home hugs and "kaup cum kraup"
teach little ones to Bob and Float so that we can stop
the mistakes of drowning.
The vast rice fields surrounding our base
pay homage to this beautiful place.
Students will Teach and Tutor to give Thai students an English future.
Make a change while there's a Language Exchange!
While we plant rice to yield the cash crop of Thailand's fields.
Assisting farmers, not becoming a bother
like the ants and the bees.
But before we get to Rustic ties
and faster than you can say
we will see filled bellies from
Meals on Flip-Flops.
Life seems so sweet and simple
when the peaceful words bless you
from the monks in the Buddhist temple.
And the colors and traditional statues
make everything seem all right.
You learn and appreciate more
once you do your part in Buddhist Life.
Yes, its "so rustic," but this pathway
is the one to take,
it requires a little work,
we put our Hands in the Dirt.
but what we see is beauty pouring out from the heart
So I ask you again...
how will you make a difference?
How will you do your part?