Sorry to keep you in suspense on whether or not we got kicked out the country or not. I’m guessing you safely figured out that we are indeed here for a while longer. I won’t bore you with the details but God did what He does and worked everything out. Of course I am seldom happy with the way He works things out. Working on that. I always want to critique His plans.
AJ: “See God, if I was you, I would have…”
I know it sounds funny but it’s the truth. You’d think that after 35 years of living, somewhere along the way I would have figured out how just to be content with God’s plans for me. But hey, that is one of the reasons I moved out here, to learn to trust Him more. I mean I kind of have to right? I have no control over where the scorpions, snakes, centipedes, mosquitos with dengue and malaria, or anything else that can harm me, end up, so I have to be totally trusting to His protecting hands to watch over and protect me and the girls.
In other news, for those who didn’t know, I celebrated my first birthday in Thailand last Monday the 11th. J As I mentioned, I am now 35 years old. My wife also celebrated her first birthday here on the 6th. We didn’t do anything special. No huge village parties or anything like that. I have promised her though that I will pay for a nice spa treatment on our next vacation. When will that be you ask? I have no idea.
Someone from the states recently asked me if I’ve gotten the language down yet. The answer still is and probably always will be NO. There are just way too many intricacies and tonal subtleties for me to master in this lifetime. It’s also demoralizing when I meet Americans or Australians or people from England that have been here for over 10 years and they still can’t speak it fluently. It’s as if they have gone into give up mode. I envy those who pick up languages so quickly. I truly believe that it is a gift, a gift which I obviously don’t have. Lol
So I figured a good way to wrap up this latest blog edition would be to teach you a few Thai words. I will write them out the best way I can so that you can pronounce them. That is however, not how they are spelled.
Just so you can see though what I am dealing with, check this out…สวัสดี….
What is that you ask? That is how you write “hello”.
Yeah, I know…that’s what I said.
So for your first Thai lesson let’s start with a basic greeting.
Hello and Goodbye: Sa wa dee ka (for ladies) Sa wa dee kop (for men) (kop is their polite catch phrase that they put at the end of everything. It’s kind of like saying thank you.)
You say this to someone while you wei (pronounced why) them
You do this by putting your hands together as if you are praying. Usually about nose height, and slightly bow. Now there are rules to weiing. One, you never wei a child or someone who is younger than you first. They are supposed to out of respect. Also, if someone is the same age as you, it’s more of a head nod than a bow. If they are older then you bow.
Okay, part two.
How are you? Sa buy dee mai?
I’m fine. Sa buy dee.
There you go, your first Thai lesson. J
Hopefully we will be able to post some more pics in the coming days. No promises though. Not sure when we will be at a faster connection. Until then Sa wa dee kop.