Friday, June 27, 2008

I Learned a New Word Today...

Today I learned a new Korean word - bam-ee-da (I'm unsure of the exact spelling, but that's how the word sounds). Sit back and enjoy, folks; it's an interesting story.

We took the kindergartners to a mountain stream on a field trip today, with the objective of letting them catch tadpoles and frogs. They managed instead to catch about twenty little minnows, which I found impressive. The area we went to was breath-taking. There were mountains all around us, and a lovely waterfall cascading into the pool the children were playing in.

While we were there, we made a small fire and enjoyed a lunch of Korean ramen noodles, cooked over a portable gas burner. It was rather fun eating soup with chopsticks out of a paper cup! The kids loved every minute of it, and, of course, managed to get completely soaked.

When we got ready to leave, we first had to change eleven little kindies into their dry clothes. The girls changed on the bus, while the boys changed outside. I was leaning against a stone wall, helping Harry put on a dry shirt, when all of a sudden, my ordinarily-calm and sane boss started screaming.

Cate, as I have said, is not prone to fits of insanity. She is calm even when the kids are being wretched creatures of darkness. She also speaks very fluent English. So, I thought it rather odd when she started yelling hysterically at me in Korean.

"Bam-ee-da! Stephanie, bam-ee-da!!" She yelled frantically. Finally, she made a quick grab for my arm and pulled me toward her. As she did, I noticed the long snake who was poised as if he were ready to have a nice taste of Stephanie. He had been about an inch away from me, apparently. It was a startling moment, to say the least. Cate thought the snake was poisonous, although she certainly didn't get a detailed enough look to know for certain. I'm actually not scared of snakes, but I'll admit, this close shave shook me up a little.

For the entire drive back, the kids discussed the snake. They found the whole incident very thrilling!
First love...

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"