Children at Play (PHOTOS)
Children engulfed Morgan and put their faces in front of my lens.
Suddenly “show and tell” began. Mack brought out two beta fishes in glass Fanta bottles. May unrolled a poster of Marine Fishes of Thailand.
More children on bikes arrived with various precious objects to show: a sparkling baton stick, a brown duck, an orange kitten, a warm puppy, and a set of bamboo drumsticks. It was all there, surrounding me, in miniature.
I was joyful and excited to finally speak the same language as these Thai children: play.
The Thai language is a tricky language to master. For instance, the word Khao means both rice and mountain, and the word Nam means both water and thorn depending on how high or low you say the word.
Play however is an easy language that transcends age, culture and all manner of difficulties with ease.
I clapped my hands; the children clapped their hands. I pretended to be a fish, the children pretended to be a fish. I pretended to be a fishing cat, the children pretended to be a fishing cats too. Soon, all of us were clawing the air, and baring our teeth in pretend growls.
Mo even caught some pretend fishing cats with her camera trap while testing out her equipment. I think she captured a truly magical moment (see below)!
The air vibrated with laughter and the sounds of “meows” – and then after hugs and many la-gorns or goodbyes we were off to look for real fishing cats in the countryside.