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Gratitude: A Boat Ride, Awe & Wonder

February 24, 2011

Lightning scribbled across the sky like ink scratched out of a calligrapher’s pen. The horizontal flashes of heat illuminated sky and mountaintops.

I sat in a simple boat making it’s way down the river. English, French and Khmer swirled around in an international conversation that included everyone.

A flashlight shone to reveal jumping fish. Bats skimmed the surface of the water.

We propelled ourselves towards a small island of phosphorescence and fireflies. I kicked my way through sparkling water to see trees lit up from within by lightning bugs.

I felt like a child. Reminded of evenings spent trying to catch fireflies. Hurriedly and excitedly trying to clasp those lit-up bugs in my hands. Watching them fly away.

A cool breeze licked my bare arms. For 45 minutes, I felt wonder. Pure, joyous, awe. I felt alive.


Impressions from an evening boat ride down the Kampot River organized by Les Manguiers in Kampot, Cambodia.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. humanitarikim permalink
    February 25, 2011 4:37 am

    Fireflies. We don’t have them here. What a shame.

  2. Natasha Mulla permalink
    March 1, 2011 12:29 am

    Sounds beyond amazing,

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