This blue marble

– and yet it spins

Same but different

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settlementkids Scandinavian children grow up remembering cold days outdoors and warm floors indoors. Goretex overalls and muckshoes. Nepalese children grow up remembering cold days outdoors and no heating indoors. Wool layers and proper shoes – if they are lucky.

kidbydoorScandinavian children grow up remembering communal daycare and after-school clubs. Nepalese children grow up remembering village teaching rooms, NGO schools, and English private schools – if they are lucky.

nepal-18-web Scandinavian children grow up remembering endless streams of hot water from a faucet, dishwashers, laundry machines, and saunas. Nepalese children grow up remembering endless streams of cold water from a faucet, the pride of the family-owned village water distribution system, and a maid doing the dishes and laundry – if they are lucky.

nepal-19-webScandinavian children grow up remembering boxy houses and lawns and dogs and cats and maybe rabbits. Nepalese children grow up remembering gorgeous temples and flowering trees and dogs and cats and chickens and pigeons on the temple roof and a cow in the street and a goat on the market square and eagles in the sky.

We are all same but different.

(Kathmandu, Nepal; January 2015)

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