|A bunch of kids (big and small) having fun in Thailand!|
One of the pleasant surprises was the kids we met. Several were nieces and nephews of Thoom and others were neighbors, if not relatives from her home village. What a delight they were to be with and what fun we had with them!
Before we left Chiang Mai driving across country to Thoom's village, she and Suzanne discovered some great vendors in a Thai marketplace and went shopping for native Thai outfits for all the younger kids. It was a delight watching them try on these clothes!
During our stay in the village, we became the object of much curiosity for these kids (not to mention some of their parents). We were amazed by the courtesy, respect and discipline these kids displayed and the fact that they did so without giving up the fun of being kids. That sense of fun was in evidence when Na Steve (Uncle Steve, our son Stephen) took the neighborhood entourage in a pickup to one of the flooded roadways into town. Our visit there became a beach excursion!
|A drive to see floodwaters turns into fun at the asphalt beach|
|Thai kids are respectful, courteous and reverent...|
most of all they appear to be very joyous and happy!
|Roger and Khow |
pausing for ice cream
|Suzanne and Khow |
|Dropping off Khow and her brother at school.|
Of all the memories we accumulated in Thailand, memories of these kids will linger the longest and brightest as we continue our travels juntos en el camino de la vida.