6 year old Gedhun stared down at his dinner plate. A mix of spicy lentils and rice filled a small metal bowl. Next to the bowl was hasta roti, a Nepalese version of fried bread made into circles resembling the shape of onion rings. Before taking his meal he reflected on how hard his family … Continue reading The Story, So Far.
The monks were waiting patiently at the market when Gedhun, his father, and grandfather arrived. Amid the smoke and strong smells of spicy food being cooked, Gedhun's attention was drawn to the music coming from the fried mozzarella ball stand. Carol King's 'I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet' was blaring. The monks greeted … Continue reading Don’t look back
Pemba woke to the cool morning air with a feeling of comfortableness. The decision to let go of Gedhun felt natural, like the right thing to do. His son would receive and education with the monks and perhaps break the familial cycle of living and working at their mountain homestead. It would be a first. … Continue reading Green means go.
The monks offered to educate young Gedhun in their school at their monastery. They would be back at the market in 3 weeks time. Jampa and Pemba could think about it. If they decided to send Gedhun for an education it was just a matter of meeting the monks back at the market next month. … Continue reading Decisions, decisions.
Jampa headed straight into the market area where he would trade his lentils. Gedhun followed his grandfather in a different direction down a narrow dirt way lined with merchants on both sides. Green and blue tarps were haphazardly strung overhead to block the sun or the rain, whichever decided to show up. Underneath there were … Continue reading Opportunity of this Lifetime
Pemba, Jampa and young Gedhun sat outside Chokey’s home and drank some water from her well. Chokey took the sacks of lentils that Gedhun’s family had brought to her and dragged them into her home. She returned with a few ladoos. If there’s one thing you could look forward to when visiting Chokey it was … Continue reading Stranger in a strange land.
Gedhun soon found himself in a room with many other children, all sitting at small wooden tables, facing the same direction. There was a man at the front of the room facing them. He was dressed in very unusual clothes which Gedhun had never seen before. His listened as the man spoke to the group … Continue reading In Your Tamest Dreams
When Gedhun finished his meal he waited at the table for everyone else in the family to finish their dinner. His grandfather, Pemba, was usually the last one to finish eating. There were 2 reasons for this. He had very few teeth left, and some of the remaining ones were very sensitive. Sometimes when he … Continue reading Infinite Radiance
6 year old Gedhun stared down at his dinner plate. A mix of spicy lentils and rice filled a small metal bowl. Next to the bowl was hasta roti, a Nepalese version of fried bread made into circles resembling the shape of onion rings. Before taking his meal he reflected on how hard his family … Continue reading Rice & Beans (Legumes, actually)