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Published: June 10th 2017
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Monks are chanting in the near distance, the sun is already shining hot, the children are in school, and we volunteers have some free time on weekends. This morning the loud Khmer wedding music began again before 4AM, but I have learned to sleep through much of it. While the others went to breakfast, I stayed and accomplished quite a lot already: I have swept and cleaned my room and part of the porch, washed my laundry (by hand) and hung it up to dry, I have comforted and fed a small creature (the resident kitty, Momo, who does not like being alone and keeps getting attacked and bitten by larger, local, aggressive cats), and saved a small frog (from our resident kitty). While I was sweeping my room a little green frog jumped in, immediately followed by a blaze of orange cat. At first I let them be, but either Momo was playing or is an incompetent killer, and the frog's best defense (perhaps it was already injured?), after bouncing here and there, was to play dead. Momo just poked at it, and since I have seen other dead frogs left uneaten, I quickly swept this little one into the plastic pink dustpan and dumped him over the porch railing. He jumped away. So easy to save a life!
It is hot, and not even 9AM. The children go swimming in most of the muddy ponds, but even though I love to swim, it doesn't appeal to me. They'll either wear their clothes or nothing at all. This year there is a big blue container in the pond right outside the volunteer dorm; the kids pull it to the banks and climb in, using long sticks as poles. It looks like Alice's teacup, this one full of happy, shouting, seafaring children. Of course they manage to turn their boat over so they all get dumped into the water. As they tend to play here right after lunch, it is hard for volunteers to catch a quick nap before teaching afternoon English, 1:1, there is so much (usually) joyful noise.
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