First: Here are the highlights of the past month (and lowlights…)
Highlight 1: I have been here 11 months! I am now entering familiar territory, and will soon have experienced what it’s like to live an entire year here. Cheers to the next year and to doing the same things over again (and to finding even more new things to do)
Highlight 2: Celebrating our South East Asian countries! We celebrated all ten of the SEA countries by dressing up in costume, cooking food (the teachers cooked…no one wants me to cook asian food in an asian country, let’s be real), and we had kids and parents at the school to help celebrate. I proudly represented Thailand! It was a really fun day!
Highlight 3: Visiting home. I had a chance to go home to America for two weeks to celebrate my brother getting married. I dressed my nieces up, helped my Mom and Dad plan the rehearsal dinner, and enjoyed all the sweet things that America can offer. (I ❤ PSL)
Lowlight 4: The flood. I don’t watch the news or check the weather while I’m over here. If it’s raining I wear a rain jacket. If it’s sunny I bring a rain jacket with me because you never know when it’s going to rain. So when it started raining…and raining…and raining some more, I was surprised, maybe a little alarmed, but I hadn’t heard to feel any different. Until it didn’t stop raining…for four days.
And when I say raining, I’m not talking about mist and sprinkles, I mean it poured for days and days and days. So much so that there were rumors of dams breaking, rivers overflowing, and many many houses being completely flooded to the roofs.
The water has just now begun to recede, and cleanup has begun. There are still streets where they have to use boats to get from house to house, and many villages still unlivable with their people displaced. It’s a lowlight-but an important one. It marks a big historical moment for our city, and one that will have consequences in the year to come for sure.
To Not Forget: A Haiku
not alone, somehow just one
daughter among sons.