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Reflections on Zürich, Part I

Am sat in an incredibly cute café in Geneva, bursting with the colors of childhood, India, and what I’ve come to associate with kitsch East London decor, whilst I await my train to Paris, en route to Le Puy, where I’ll arrive just in time for dinner tonight.  The past week has been filled with so many things extraordinary and magical, if a tiny bit dampened by the reactions of certain 7- and 10-year olds who “see that every day!”

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Why I do yoga.

“You don’t have a soul.  You are a soul.  You have a body.”

~ C.S. Lewis

I’m pretty confident in saying that I struggled a bit as a child.  I know we all have our difficulties, and probably mine weren’t any greater than the next kids’, but they felt huge to me at the time, and I guess, as per one of my last posts, I’m comfortable admitting that perception counts for a lot.  Anyway, the source of a lot of my suffering was my body.  First, I was tall.  Really tall.  By the time I was 10 years old I was 5’7″ (170 cm).  Once, when out buying school supplies with my mom, the cashier asked, “So, will you be going into 6th or 7th grade this year?”  I was going into 2nd.  Tall wouldn’t have been all that bad, I guess, because there was, for the first few years of school, one boy who was taller than me (he left after 3rd grade.  I have never forgiven him for that.  Mr. David F., wherever you are…).  But I was also fat.  And fat can be cute sometimes, others not.  Without a doubt I fell into the latter category.  Compounding the issue, of course, was the fact that I had a terrible overbite accompanied by a horrendous lisp (thanks for sorting that out, Mom), and have always, always been quick to tears.  Children can be mean, and I’m sure at times I was one of the mean kids, too, but most often I sat alone at lunchtime, or walked laps around the soccer field at recess.  I was last picked for every game, and openly mocked in class by both teachers and students.  I was decidedly unhappy.

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