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Novice at Sunglasses

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As usual, it was their idea and not my own! One of the novice monks at the monastery — I’ll place the blame solely on Naing Aung — in Shan State’s Tat Ein village asked to borrow my sunglasses. No doubt wanting to look cool, he put on the sunglasses and I prepared myself for the inevitable puzzled reaction. I’m very near-sighted and those are prescription glasses, so whenever some kid puts them on the result is pretty funny. They usually will exclaim something along the lines of: “Oh, I feel dizzy!” Sure you do!

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And of course once one monk tries them on, then the rest of the crew has to do the same, and the sunglasses get passed around from monk to monk. “Dude, check this out!” I always warn them about the dizziness factor but that never squelches their desire to sport the glasses … and of course get their photo taken!

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