Volunteers preparing Christimas and a nice story from the Temple
Cooper patching up his pants before our Christmas party yesterday, because we have a lot of classes 24 and 25 December. A fun evening on a terrace overlooking the Mekong.
Today I was invited by Noy, little Novice and my favorite student, he is the youngest of my five classes, super shy and diligent in learning English. He invited me to his temple at 8:00 in the morning (it starts meditation at 3:30, he is 12 years old...). As soon as I arrived at the temple, he ran to his dorm to get his books and notebooks for me to help with homework ...
He was dead cold, just wearing his dressat 11 °C... an outfit that's very comfortable from March to October (32-35 ° wet) but really light on evenings and mornings actually.
I asked him if he had any warm clothes, he said he was from a very poor family in the North, and that he had never had warm clothing. I asked around for a place to buy clothes for monks, and we went to Fouzi Market. When we got to the shop, my student was in another world. We bought a sweater and a large shawl. We returned to the temple, he tried his new clothes...as he had never worn a sweater or a shawl before, his friend had to help him...
It was 10am, he asked me to help him for his home work, we had 25 °, I asked him to come next to me under the sun, but he wanted to stay in the shades, under a tree, with his warm clothes. Without pride but so glad and happy to wear warm clothes for the the first time of his life.