It’s been a rough few days. We did get our HHE shipments, which was great, but on that same day, it was as if the stars aligned…in a really bad way. There was a bombing at a very popular Hindu shrine in central Bangkok on Monday evening, which left 20 dead and over 100 injured.
At this point, a sketch has been released of a suspect, but it’s unclear how the investigation is going, and how much the government has been able to uncover about the suspect(s). Thais are amazing and incredibly resilient, so life started somewhat returning to normal even as soon as Tuesday – the BTS continued to run, the intersection where the bombing happened re-opened Tuesday afternoon – but it was not a great feeling when we heard about the bombing, realized how close some of our friends were to it, and realized that we had been at that same intersection just the day before.
As if that weren’t enough, a close family member passed away on Monday as well. It’s been said many many times, but I’ll say it again – this is by far one of the hardest – if not the hardest – things about living abroad. Sometimes you just can’t be there when you need to be. When you want to be. When you need to be, so that you can comfort your loved ones just as much as you need them to comfort you. At the very least though, these moments are a really good reminder to hug your family just a little bit tighter every time you see them. Stop putting it off, and just send that email you were thinking about sending! Give someone a call randomly, just because you can (hello – Vonage? How lucky are we that it’s not 1990 anymore and we’re not limited to snail mail?).
So here’s to better days, and happier posts, which are coming in the form of “after” pictures of our apartment. Stay tuned.