12 August 2014

Today is Mother’s Day in Thailand. In other words, today is the day of packed restaurants and momposition (n. photo with one’s mother, typically with a caption expressing one’s love and appreciation of said mother) on social media.

I have nothing against momposition. I don’t do it myself (ungrateful person that I am), but I can totally see why people do it. And it’s nice to see Facebook flooded with something other than celebrity gossip, how-to lists, and sensationalist “news” items twice a year (if you count dadposition, which in Thailand occurs on December 5th).

Packed restaurants, however, I do not like. Food should be readily available 365 (366) days of the (leap) year. Being fed is a fundamental right. Yes.

Anticipating the rush of loving sons and daughters bringing their mother to lunch, we arrived at the restaurant promptly at 11am, which is when it opens. Lo and behold, we were not the first to arrive! Luckily though, there were not too many eager lunchers, and we got our table for three without any issue.

You see, every public holiday (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc. Day – we have a lot of them in Thailand) we (mom, dad, and me) take grandpa out for lunch. It’s a tradition. So that’s what we did today. Well, almost. My dad had to opt out, having developed a rather severe cold that we agreed should be maintained as far away from grandpa as physically possible. 

So yes, we had a lovely lunch. Grandpa liked the food, which was really the important thing. He’s a bit of a food connoisseur, so it’s nice to have his stamp of approval on a restaurant I like.

By the time we finished, it was well past noon. And we could hardly make our way out of the restaurant for all the families queuing in the corridor for tables. There were people everywhere – sat on the waiting bench in the scorching sun, sat on the few chairs along the shaded corridor, standing, shuffling, pushing through. You’d be surprised how aggressive people are trying to maintain their place in the queue. I was. You’d think people would make way for my grandpa, hobbling along with his cane and all. (They didn’t.)

Anyways, we had a nice time (despite the aggressive shuffling at the end), and I hope all those other families had a nice time too. (I’m going to blame the aggressiveness on the hunger. I’m sure they’re all gentle people brimming with love for their mother, when they’re fed, as is their fundamental right.)

Today is the last day of the long weekend here in Thailand, so it’s back to work tomorrow for many people.

Not me.

Being unemployed has its perks.

What should I do tomorrow?… Hmm… I might go see Guardians of the Galaxy. I saw the trailer when I went to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (boy did I love that movie), and it didn’t look too bad. Plus, I like what Marvel is doing, creating this cinematic universe of superheroes – I think it’s really impressive.

We’ll see. I’ll check in with you later.

Hope you’re all well,

Love,

Val

 

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