"Thanks and thanks again to Him who offers to the man whom the sorrows of life have assaulted and left naked–offers to him the fig leaf of the Word with which he can cover his wretchedness." -Søren Kierkegaard

Party w/ The Village People

Posted in Day-To-Day, Friends by matt on Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Cayla and I are privileged to have real neighbors this year. There were people who lived in the same apartment complex w/ us last year, to be sure, but that’s not really the same thing. This year we live in the back corner of the princess’s palace w/ some of her gardeners, guards, maids, drivers, etc. The area actually reminds me of the hippy communes in Waco.

The best thing about the place is its atmosphere: with little kids dashing around playing games, women chatting on stoops or cooking something tasty-smelling, and the men who are off-duty telling jokes or playing sports in the square. The funny thing is, we live in one of the most affluent, impersonal parts of downtown Bangkok but it doesn’t feel that way at all. The village people, as we call them, really do live village life in the middle of metropolitan Bangkok.

The families all eat together every evening, they play together, and, most importantly, they party together on a regular basis. Last night one of the families I’ve spent the most time with had a birthday. Their eldest daughter turned 12, and Cayla and I were asked to lead in an honorary “Happy Birthday” chorus.

It was awesome.

So here are a few pictures from the night’s festivities:

We look forward to getting to know these great people more this year and, hopefully, to improve our Thai too. Pray also that we take opportunities to speak truth and show Kingdom love to these people.

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  1. Beth said, on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Thanks for the update. Always love to hear what you’re up to. Better be careful about putting your feet behind your head. You may hurt yourself…..

    • matt said, on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 7:14 pm

      @Beth: Yaaaa I’m nowhere near that flexible. I actually can’t even touch my toes without bending my knees. Isn’t that sad?

  2. Lori said, on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I hope you sang the “Happy Birthday” version that is in tune and not the crazy one your dad likes to sing. I also like hearing about what ya’ll are up to. Love you both.

    • matt said, on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 7:18 pm

      @Lori: Actually, when Thais sing “Happy Birthday” the only words they sing are “Happy birthday to you” – over and over and over. I guess they like the song simplified.

      Also, I’m reading a book on the history of the English language in America, and the guy said that the word “y’all” has been distinctly southern since the 1600s! So use it proudly! Because it’s also a legitimately recognized word by the Oxford Dictionary.

      I love my roots.


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