Originally posted on Beezy ‘s Facebook page, and shared with her permission.
Here at Jhamtse Gatsal, we celebrated Thanksgiving by beginning the school day having children in all the classes write about what they are thankful for. There’s now a bulletin board filled with thoughts of thanksgiving, many decorated with flowers and other artistic themes.
Dorjee Norbu wrote:
Today is Thanksgiving Day so, I want to say thanks to all our Jhamtse staffs, sponsors and donors. Due to your help and support now I am in grade nine and I get all the facilities that I need, like good food, safety, love, compassion, education, etc.
If you didn’t support me, then maybe I am in my village and working under the hot sun by holding one hammer. In place of a hammer, you brought me pen and book. So I am really thankful to you
In the evening, the cooks prepared a special supper–rice, two spicy vegetables instead of the usual one, dal, and pappadum. Then we had a bonfire for all children and staff.
Lobsang interrupted the singing and dancing to reflect on Tjalfe’s [my cat] death and have me say a few words, and then he led the community in chanting Tibetan prayers for a safe transition into a next life. If any animal deserves a good reincarnation, it must be Tjalfe.
The dancing by staff, volunteers, and children of all ages was spirited, and continued until after 10:00 pm for even the smallest children. I gave Lobsang a hat like a sheep’s head, and he danced around the children to “Baa, baa, black sheep.” Then little Tenzin Phuntsok, now age 4, seized the hat. He proceeded to chase two of the other youngest children while keeping the hat pulled down completely over his eyes except for occasional peeks to confirm where he was when he couldn’t hear them.