It’s been a while. A few days ago I came out of the wild. Well, not exactly the wild, I guess. But a wildish sort of place.
I volunteered at a Japanese music festival up here in Northern Thailand and it was such an interesting, rich experience. Sleeping in a mango orchard for nearly three weeks, looking at the stars at night, watching the sun rise.
I was with Kenya and our friends Tayna and Aya and spent a lot of time with them, especially for the first nine days, before the festival started. I was on a deco team with lovely Chinese and Japanese artists. We made a lot of signs, all translated into Thai, Japanese, and English. “We need a sign, three languages,” is a phrase I used a lot. I painted live and organized other live painters.
I watched my husband play music. I sat behind our bhajan band on the main stage and sang in the response to our Jesus bhajans.
Our car got dustier and dustier.
I learned how to say “good morning,” in Japanese.
I guided a meditation in a campsite, attended one, and kept the kids quiet for a couple.
I studied and wrote papers in a teak forest.
I went to the hot springs almost every day.
It was a busy time, full of wildness, adjustment, and lots of activity. But I came out feeling ready for the next season, and somewhat like I hit a reset button.
Chinua leaves tomorrow for India. The kids and I will stay back, do school, and make art and writing. Tumble around, deal with smoky season, cook, water the garden, and swim. I’ll write my final research paper of the quarter. We’ll try to be creative and loving and patient, even as the days grow hotter and drier.