RAINBOW As many of you know, one of the joys of living in Pai, Thailand is its amazing natural beauty. A couple of days ago a lovely rainbow arched across the sky. The view was from my front porch. Though it took nearly a half hour for the rain to reach my home, one could see the storm clouds behind the house. Rainbows are a fairly common occurrence but this one really caught my attention. A double rainbow tried to form but only made it 1/3 across.
CAT The young cat that my first CS friend said couldn’t be tamed now is docile and loving. Despite having said she wouldn’t come in the house until after her visit to the vet, I relented and last week she came in and out for a few days. However, I think she has fleas so now she’s been banished to the front porch and side door area. Hope to take her to the vet this week. Yesterday bought a fake cat carrier that my friend Dianna recommended. Pace, the cat, (BTW, that’s pah chay not PACE) now eats her meals with the food bowl inside the carrier. Thought it might be a good idea to get her used to it.
I had hoped to get her examined, shots and fixed before she got pregnant. But it might be too late. Not sure but the vet will tell me. Her presence adds to my happiness. Someone to talk to…and she doesn’t answer back except with meows.
SCHOOL Our second board meeting takes place tonight. As mentioned previously, I’ve been busy with work in preparation: creating the agenda, completing tasks (i.e. meeting with graphic designer about reprint of our brochure, trying to correct website, etc).
Yesterday the Banyan Center received a fabulous compliment. There’s a new parent who moved here from Malayasia with daughters 3 and 5 years old. She came to Pai because of the school which one of our CoFounders predicted would happen. Yesterday we had lunch and she said, “I’ve looked for schools in many parts of the world and Banyan Center is the first to truly meet my needs and expectations.” Isn’t that great? She’s German and her kids speak that. So now we have German, Japanese, Russian, Thai, English, Shan speaking kids at the Banyan Center.
The strangest part about meeting this new parent in Pai, Thailand is that we share something in common: both have worked for human rights in Palestine. She was cofounder of International Solidarity Movement (she’s been shot 7 or 8 times and once the person running right next to her was shot dead!). The group I worked with, International Women’s Peace Service, grew out of ISM. IWPS was founded a few years later to be slightly less radical and woman centered.
She was born in Germany where her Palestinian father practices medicine.
COUCHSURFERS Today a 27 year old British couple arrives. They are traveling the world overland for two years. If it sounds familiar, you will recall that my first CSers fit the same bill although they were British an Canadian. The new couple sounds very interesting and am eagerly awaiting their visit. Best of all, my repaired refrigerator arrives this morning (hopefully). Thus, after 3 weeks of using ice in a cooler for a fridge, things will be back to normal.