Ha, I realize this title sounds like something right out of the Hitlerjugend, or maybe just something Jerry Falwell would have headed up when he was still kicking. “Morality Camp” (as it was roughly translated to me) in Thailand means kids getting to ditch school on Friday (interestingly, the Friday of their midterms) and spend the weekend at a wat (Buddhist temple) under the guidance of monks in order to learn, it seems, about morality. In this case, as I was told many times, there were actually camps at nine hundred ninety-nine wat across Thailand, with over 40,000 participants, to honor the king.
Because all the proceedings were, as predicted, in Thai I kind of missed out on any of the moral lessons, but I got to brush shoulders with some of the top guys in school (though, in retrospect, it seems like in my two months of employment I should have already met the director at some point?), who were all well impressed that my name translated to “angel”. Talk about morals!
I was also afforded the opportunity to snap some shots around Thung Song’s largest temple (and the only one I’ve been to in town, though apparently there are many).
All jokes aside, I was happy to attend for the brief portion that I did, and I’m sure it was a good experience for the kids. And it seems like some of that Buddhist morality must have rubbed off on me after all (or maybe I’m just a sucker for baby animals… toss up), for when a soaking wet mother dog dropped her soaking wet, eyes-not-even-open puppy at my feet (practically) yesterday, I had no choice but to take him home. Meet Oliver (named for whichever orphan you prefer [thanks David!]):
We know puppies are a bit impractical for folks in our situation, so I’m trying to not commit to the idea that we’ll keep him forever, but it’s hard to have something tiny suck milk off your fingers in the wee hours of the morning after making adorable noises without him crawling right into your little heart. Let’s just see if Trix comes around… she seems a bit suspicious.bah, still shot from a video (of course there will be a video)… apologies for the terrible quality!