By Marge Ward
What a mighty big surprise
To find a toad in your shoe.
One is shock enough -
But what if there're two?!
One looked scared and lonely,
We thought. At any rate-
With the presence of another
He'd have a true "sole"mate!
Each Thailand day seemed much more fun
When toads jumped out of a shoe.
This lesson from our Thailand toads
We now pass on to you!
T’was a two-toad morning in Thailand
And we were sure the day would be good!
There were tuna fish sandwiches for breakfast
Plus both trucks came when they should.
We began our morning tasks with prayer
In our circle formed at House One.
We asked for safety and patience and skill
And a day with lots of work done.
But more than work and sweat in the heat
We wanted to learn about Na Toy
And the Phang Nga people and places and food
That we’d quickly come to enjoy.
Together at the World’s Best Brick Factory
We sifted and shoveled and mixed,
And we weighed and we carried and we pressed, and then -
We carefully stacked the new bricks.
A few miles down the road at House Two
Ready bricks were being laid.
But we figured the supply would soon run out
And we’d need to use bricks we’d made.
At noon we relaxed over a delicious big lunch
Accompanied by lots of heat -
One kind from the blazing sun
Another from the spicy meat.
After lunch there was no time to nap
As we had lots more work to do -
Channels to lay and a hole to dig -
Before the day would be through.
Both trucks we welcomed back about four
And they whizzed us into town.
We’d planned to hit the Internet Café
But found all the connections were down.
So it was back in the trucks to our Sawasdee Camp
And dinner of Thai food with rice
We talked of work, of family and good friends
And another day that had been nice.
We knew when we returned to Columbus
And to Graeter’s could go for a cone,
We’d think of our Sawasdee Lagoon Camp
As our home away from home.
So all you who go on a Habitat trip
Should remember what we learned in Thailand:
On a two-toad morning - wherever
You can figure your day will be grand!