Kicking it… Gangnam Style

It’s almost the new year so in celebration, we here in Mae Sot are doing quite a bit of dancing.

Our usual favorites are: Who Let the Dogs Out? and Whoomp! There it is! But lately Justin Beiber has been creeping onto the dance agenda. How can I refuse? So many girls faces just light up for a little Baby, Baby, Baby, Oh!

Today, I was accompanied by some visiting guests who helped keep the dancing going while I sweated my out-of-shape self into heat stroke.

The boys especially appreciate some dancing male role models, I suspect. At the back of the crowd, some of the older guys showed me some wicked moves.

Today there was no school, so we had a smaller group than the usual chaotic 300 kids. A few faces always stand out in the crowd for me. Seeing this little boy’s smile always makes my heart sing.

He and the crowd are watching an amazing little boy who I have never seen dancing before. He got into the middle of the circle and pulled out some astounding moves.

Even though we were dancing Gangnam Style, he had a little bit of a Michael Jackson thing going for him. And so he should. Let no one be told how to dance and what moves go with what song. Kids remind us that we don’t have to follow the rules all the time, or be like everyone else. Its enough to be totally awesome, all on your own.

From all of us over here in Mae Sot, in all the boarding houses and all the schools, we hope that you are smiling and dancing your way into the New Year as we are. May the year ahead be full of joyful surprises, afternoons of fabulous excitement, shared smiles, lots of laughter and some sweaty, or not so sweaty hugs and cuddles. Happy New Year!

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