Saturday, November 22, 2008

KV Students from Miss Reynolds' Classes (Yes! Pen Pals)











I am loving being a part of this community. The highest honor a person can receive is having their feet kissed and touched. Today after my lessons, the students kissed my feet. It was a very emotional moment. The woman in charge of the primary side was astonished that they honored me in such a magnificent way so soon. It usually takes a lot of building of trust before students honors someone. After they honored me, I honored them by touching their heads. It was very humbling and special.

12 comments:

  1. Why are kissing feet considered to be honoring someone?

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  2. Why is kissing feet considered to be a way of honoring someone? Do the students think it's gross? - Courtney

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  3. That was a typo and we will fix it. The students do not kiss your feet, they simply touch them! I think I would be a bit uncomfortable if students ran around kissing my feet all day- eeeeeewwwwwww!

    -Miss Reynolds

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  4. Are those our pen pals?

    ~Haley Maurice

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  5. Looks like an okay school. I wouldn't mind going there. They must really like you!
    Devon

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  6. Bailin & ReynoldsNovember 23, 2008 at 8:32 AM

    Haley - Yes. Those are some of your pen pals. They loved receiving their letters! They were so excited.

    Devon - The school is set in a jungle like atmosphere and there are monkeys, but you have to be careful because monkeys can be dangerous. A good topic for you to investigate would be why people should take precaution when around wild animals with monkeys as your focus.

    :)Miss Bailin

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  7. Im glad they dont actually kiss your feet! Im very happy that you are honored so much though. I like how touching someones feet honors them, its different.

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  8. It must be so enriching to experience another culture in such a personal way. Sometimes we view new customs or ideas as scary or weird. I'm so thankful to hear that you have embraced and been humbled by their customs. Maybe we can get our students to kiss our feet...when pigs fly!

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  9. That would be so weird to have people coming up to you and kissing your feet. Now I just can't wait 'til I get a letter back.

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  10. How did you get the elephants to sit so still while you painted on them? Do you also speak another language?

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  11. Do you miss living in the U.S.?

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  12. Gabby - Nice work pointing out a way our cultures are different. How do we honor teachers or loved ones where we live?

    Cherise - You crack me up.

    Anon - This is Miss Reynolds. Here are the things she missed:

    1. My family & friends

    2. Big couches to jump on, the beds and couches here are very formal and the paces where you sit are quite hard.

    3. House pets

    4. Crisp, green salads

    5. I mostly miss how easy things are in the US. We have been blessed by a country with strict rules and regulations to keep us safe and comfortable, appropriate infrastructures, and overall good organization. We take organization and laws for granted, but it makes a HUGE differences in our daily lives. Life is harder here. Everything takes more time to do and more steps to complete it. For example, when I try to respond to the blog, the electricity is out. Also stores can just close. There are no set hours. Other times I need water, which I have to purify to be able to drink, and the water is not working. It is just more difficult to constantly find these speed bumps in your day.

    Anon - Someone trained the elephants. I am only fluent in English. Miss Reynolds has picked up a little Hindi, but she is not fluent. Her next goal is to learn Spanish.

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