Love this place! Just love Thailand. Since the first time I visited here, I found this place to be of comfort to me, a sort of hideaway. Love the people, their kindness, smile and eagerness to always want to help you. Love how they can read you and make you feel. Love the cuisine and how spicy it may be. Love all the places we have been fortunate to visit.
I guess I need to share something very personal. Fifteen years ago we lost our daughter. Our world came crashing down early in the morning and our hearts, guts, life was forever changed, transformed. A nightmare that I do not wish upon anyone. You feel you can’t breathe anymore. Coming home to an empty baby room, shattered dreams. Three months later, almost to the day, I lost my father, my best friend, the man who raised me, gone. The following year is not even a blur, is of no existence. I have memories thru a camera viewer because of all the pictures I took. We, my husband and I, started travelling all over the world. An escape you may say. I am sure it was. We had to come to Thailand for work. And this is the only place I remember from that year. We stayed in Bangkok a few nights and then outside of Bangkok. I remember how people could read you and how wonderful and comfortable we felt here. I remember how it felt to be so far away from home and trying to figure out what I had no clue how to figure out. How to put one foot in front of the other. How to deal with the pain that was so deep I cannot even try to put it in words. And yet, here, I was able to breathe.
As I sit here today, enjoying this beautiful place, my heart is filled with love, gratitude and happiness. My son is here and all the dreams are becoming a reality. Every activity has such a deep meaning. Each moment is a blessing.
As soon as we got to Bangkok, we took a tour of the city and of Royal Palace. A magnificent place filled with gold statues of Hindu God, jade Buddha. Looking at my son face as he is taking it all in, was wonderful. There is so much to take in, so much history, so much beauty.
We also have had a true Thai massage. My first time here, I did a whole week of Thai massages. Thai massages are different, very deep tissue, every muscle of your body is stretched and your body can twist into a pretzel, yes you can, trust me. What amazes me how tiny the therapist are, and how Goliath their strength is. They walk on your body and you feel yourself letting go and relaxing. Here is my teenage boy getting his first massage. He was so thrilled by the experience and loved every minute of it.
Today we took a Thai cooking class. Magical to be together, only us in the class and cooking and enjoying our favorite dishes. The love I felt today was so deep, anything I ever experienced before. Here he is next standing next to me, cooking and juggling the food in the pan and managing his own cooking, and all the sadness and pain I felt so many years ago is gone. Love is all around me, happiness surrounds me. All the dreams alive and here in front of me. I am so grateful of all the blessing that I have been given.