Wat Opot is situated amongst paddy (rice) fields. Before building anything the land must first be filled in with dirt to avoid flooding when the rains come. As we continue to make changes to the landscape at Wat Opot, thought is put into having larger places for the kids to play.
One such area to be filled in was a small waterway near the kitchen. Although a nice ascetic area, it slowly became a catch-all as the wind blew garbage into it and fast growing water plants flourished in the space, so the actual water view was only possible by the constant removal of the plants.
Bright and early one day, the energy level at Wat Opot reached a new high. THE TRUCKS ARE COMING! THE TRUCKS ARE COMING! Kids (and some adults!) love to watch heavy machinery in action. This is no surprise really, proven by the success of Bob the Builder and other children’s shows about such.
The Watopotians looked on in awe as two dump trucks, a digger, and a bulldozer rolled onto the property. The men got to work loading and dumping and pushing truck-full after truck-full of soil.
When a piece of machinery wasn’t in use, they became a source of fascination as the children inspected every inch. They pretended to drive, to dig, to scoop, to repair.
Because we pay by the load, some of the kids were put in charge of counting each truck-full of soil that drove past. The group rather unenthusiastically stuck it out the whole day completing the somewhat boring job in the hot sun.
By mid morning, the heat took over and although some continued to run back and forth, many of our otherwise energetic children took a shaded spot as they continued to monitor the progress.
Ty Meng, Venot and Rortana lent a helping hand preparing the workers lunch in their makeshift kitchen.
It’s only rightly so, that Miss Venot, our “don’t-let-the-flowery shoes-fool-you”, wild child captured a shot of herself in what could very well be her future profession.
All in all it was a great day and the children went to bed with not only mental thoughts of a larger place to play in the morning, but perhaps with physical bits of that freshly dumped dirt in stuck in hard to wash places on their body as well.