July 2nd, 2009 Chiang Rai, Thailand:
We visited Wat Phra Kaew late in the day, around 5:30pm. Typically the temples are inactive, and things are slowing down. Not this temple, as young student monks began a prayer class. We were invited by a senior monk to join, and at the footsteps, we noticed the flip flops the young monks were wearing:
As many student, or “young” monks come from many parts of the world, we saw a variety of languages drawn into their shoes. This really debunked our stereotypes of young monks as being ‘all serious,’ and this goes to show that no matter where you go, kids are kids. We saw playful behavior from children all over the world, even in poverty stricken areas like Burma and Mexico.