Yesterday afternoon I posted a pic of being stuck behind a school bus. Oh so many memories!
That lead me to wanting to share with you some adorable pics of children we encountered in Bali.
Isn’t this little tike cute?
This was at a market stall, the mama was making offerings to sell, and I loved the array of colors and all the fruit.
We had a lot of mangoes, pineapples, and melon for breakfast at the Melia Bali resort, but you know what I really missed? Biting into an apple! Apples do not grow in Bali, so they are rare to find there. I also missed being able to just peel and eat a banana. For some reason, bananas the way we eat them were just not there, although bananas do grow in Bali.
On one of our jaunts ---we parked the bus and walked through neighborhoods, and out into the country to see the rice paddies – to get a feel for what life is like OUTSIDE the limits of the city.
The sky was full of the most beautiful puffy clouds and I loved seeing their reflection in the water of the rice paddies.
Here a farmer works in his field….
The fields are adorned with flags tied to sticks in an effort to scare the birds, much as we would use a scare crow. You can see we had a nice breeze, this one is blowing in the wind! ((See what I mean about magnificent clouds?!))
Along our way we pass homes, large and small. This one is a large home, with likely many generations living together, as noted by the many shrines in the northeast corner of the compound. Look at the "wind chime" It's not a chime! It's another "scare crow" to scare the birds..it's made of computer CDs which reflect light and scare them away!
We pass coconut palms with fruit ready to pick.
Yep! More chickens!
I don’t remember what this fruit was, but it was interesting! Mawa told us about a fruit they call “heaven and hell” fruit because it smells AWFUL but tastes wonderful. NO THANK YOU!!
We walk on to see women carrying huge baskets on their heads. Notice the traditional sarong.
This is Jack Fruit…they grow huge!
We reached the school just as school was letting out for the holiday!
The children are SO CUTE! And I guess they thought we were interesting too….all these big white people! Can you see Mawa in the yellow shirt and cap at the left? This was the ONE DAY that he didn’t wear Sarong. Since it was a long walk day for us, he needed his running shoes too!
The children thought WE were so interesting, they all started to swarm us!
Such sweet faces! They all wanted to practice their English on us!
The girls are adorable! Look at those smiles!
I’ll keep these faces in my heart and memory ---
Since school was out, several of the children walked with us on their way home.
I love dropping back and getting groups from behind. I have learned so much from visiting this magical place, Bali.
The most valuable to me of all was actually getting out of the restorty touristy areas and seeing how real people live. Children are the hope of the future. My wish and hope for these children is that they will see productive, happy lives, whatever they choose to do. I wish the same for my own children.
Someone commented on yesterday’s UC Silver post that it was a shame that there were no Osha regulations. We have to stop forcing our Western culture on others.
I am self employed. There are NO OSHA regulations in my studio!
I also have no health insurance except for what I get from my DH’s job. I don’t have a work related 401k plan, or rules and unions telling me that I have to wear goggles or gloves when I rotary cut or sew. Things are improving world wide…but we have to stop trying to force how things are done “here” on how things are done “there.” The workers are free to wear goggles or gloves if they want. Not all things have to be mandated to the point it takes away our freedom to choose. Things are evolving ---but the biggest thing I have learned is not to judge another culture through our “western” eyes.
This post is late this morning. The Meloxicam the doc prescribed makes me dozy and sleepy – good news? I was in bed before 10pm. Bad news? I woke up at 9am! LOL
Oh well..better late than never!