Welcoming Ceremony at the Wat: None of us understand much of anything that is going on around us, but we understand when a little girl is diligently collecting every one of the best-smelling flowers in the room for her own.
Much to our amusement, she stuffed her pockets full of the flowers, and when she could hold no more, started to fill a water bottle. We helped her by collecting the flowers around us, offering them to her. Though much of the ceremony was lost on us at this point in our training, this little girl's simple desire to collect something that smells good was not beyond our comprehension. It was a comfort and made me feel that I could be at home here.