Back in July, I won a prize from The Charis Project’s contest raising funds to help buy a truck to transport kids to school in Thailand. Through the amazing support of the blogosphere and twitterland, they raised enough money (and more!) to buy the truck. I was excited to pick from a selection of prizes like tribal weapons, jewelry, pottery, or wall hangings (naturally, I put the weapons as my highest priority). But not half as excited as my kids when I came home to a surprise box filled with an “ordinary knife,” that more closely resembles a machete, and a woven fish trap, both hand picked in Thailand and sent halfway around the world to my house.
Of course, everyone had to hold the machete. Then everyone had to have their picture taken with the machete.
Carrien’s note said “The woven basket is a fish trap from a Karen village. It’s made out of bamboo. This one was no longer useful to the person who made it, so they let Aaron bring it back (to the U.S.).”
We had a hard time figuring out what was non-functional about the trap. But it was mighty cool.
Both our prizes will have treasured places on our bookshelf and in our hearts.
Thank you, Carrien Blue and The Charis Project, for our delightful prizes, and all the wonderful work you do to support children in Thailand!