Cardboard. The barometer for how settled in we are. Two weeks ago, there was cardboard in every room, inside and outside. Lots of cardboard. Here we are, with less than one week left in August, the container has come and gone, and I have ONE cardboard box in my room. That is cause for celebration. We are one picture hanging session away from being completely settled in.
A lot has happened over my 3 week blog-cation. We have all our stuff. The move-in went quickly and efficiently. The only surprise was the absence of ALL of my paddles. We have no idea what happened to them, but DB, OC, SUP, are all gone. I’m sad, but getting over it. A first world problem, right? The girls have started school (blog post coming soon), we had our first dental experience (bpcs), we are days away from having health insurance (bpcs), we are 3 weeks away from having our one year guardian/education visas finalized, the farm plot is taking shape (bpcs), and having the bikes here is as great as I had hoped.
The biggest event over the last 3 weeks was, of course, the Bangkok bombing. We first heard about it from the school. Prem sent out an email immediately, directed at all parents, but mainly for the parents of the boarders. I can’t imagine how much I would be freaking out if I were in the U.S. and the girls were boarding here. The school increased security, which was completely imperceptible during the day when the kids were there, but one night last week, when Frank and I were returning home from a dinner, we could see the added security in action. Many teachers and 160 students live on campus. Security at Prem is always a priority. Out and about in Chiang Mai, we could see nothing different.
We are saddened, of course, for the victims and their families. That their lives were sacrificed in an attempt to tarnish Thailand’s image, and further harm it’s economy. So far, there are no suspects, only theories, and the resilient and still smiling, Thai people. Frank left for Bangkok this morning. He says it looks no different. He has already been by the Erawan shrine, also, business as usual. Bangkok Strong!
The day after the bombing, when going through my then 9 cardboard boxes, I found a postcard that Frank wrote to Alex’s kindergarten class, Mrs. Patrick’s class at Truckee Elementary. Remember the traveling Gingerbread Man trick we used to open our childrens’ eyes to the world around us? The postcard was of the Erawan Shrine. Frank used to stay at the Grand Hyatt Erawan in Bangkok, probably 4 to 5 times a year.
I stopped and couldn’t help but just sit and stare at the postcard. One of those creepy little coincidences, a reminder, that potential change is everywhere. Every minute of every day we could be walking into something wonderfully life changing or tragic, without ever knowing it. So, what do we do?? Get out there, LIVE, and know those life-changing events are right around the corner, and appreciate the beauty and love that is around you, in all forms, every minute of every day.