It was Mrs P’s birthday last weekend and yesterday a bundle of belated greetings cards arrived in the post from Thailand. All hand made too by the class of younger girls that our daughter is teaching in Rayong.
The example on the left from Praewa 2 is quite touching. The school is quite a good one apparently and parents send their children from across the country to board there and unsurprisingly some get homesick and our daughter has to comfort them when it all gets too much.
The messages inside reflect Thai culture I suspect with sentiments like: ‘hope you have good health long time don’t conflicts’ and ‘wish you good health, don’t sick or have accidents’.
I couldn’t help thinking of Basil Fawlty good wishes to Sybil when he said: ‘don’t step on any landmines or anything’.
But it was very sweet of them and speaking of birthdays, it will be my 60th while we are in Thailand and it looks very likely that we will be visiting the school on the big day because the girls insist on meeting Miss Bryony’s parents.
If I’d been asked to imagine how I would mark my diamond anniversary, at a school in Thailand would not have crossed my mind, but I’m actually quite looking forward to it.