Summer brain calls for light reading. Very little reading. So to say goodbye to Asia just a few sweet pictures of kids we have encountered on the road. Having fun playing with some Hmong girls in Thailand. Teaching them Itsy Bitsy Spider and tickling them until they are a heap of giggles. Their slighter older cousin is all grace and poise.
It is refreshing to see kids play, making their own toys, like this Balinese boy with a homemade kite made of garbage bag, can and string. If you are lucky to have a battered old toy or two you hold on to them tight. Sometimes just sand and a friend is enough to play. Showing off your sea jumping technique is fun, too. With captive audience on dry land especially. It is not all fun and games. Some kids have to start helping out early, like these two Sumbanese girls selling their moms’ wares. Soon they will start learning the craft themselves. While their brothers care for the family animals.
It can all be managed with good friends. And a few pet baby chicks. Such joy!Consider yourself lucky if you have chance to attend school. Visiting schools you see lots of happy kids wanting to learn, like these Balinese boys with fancy school uniforms.
And girls, too. They will switch to dancing clothes for their traditional dance class.
And concentrate so hard! So one day you will have your dream come true and dance at your family temple. Or at least help in the procession… It can be hard work so a little nap in your mom’s lap helps. Or just on a soft blankie… And wake up ready for a lovely day! Maybe you will have a visit from some friendly neighbors that came from across the sea. As we say goodbye to Asia we take along our secret weapon. Five knitted animal puppets that always break ice without words. Quack-quack and woof-woof are international language.
Off to good old Europe for the summer!