(Insert mission impossible theme music)
Becky your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to go out and make a friend.
Today we got up and I was determined to find my playgroup of this moms group that I have joined. I find where it is and have written out my directions to give to the cab driver and then I think I will call to confirm that there is a meeting at the preschool before I make the trip. First I email, no response, then I call the coordinator of the play group, no response, I then call the preschool and she says she never heard from the group coordinator to know if they were meeting there or not… Great… To be honest I was a little upset. I was really looking forward to doing something today on our own. Then I decide we are going to the park!
It’s only a 10 minute walk from where we are staying and so I venture out. We get there and Killian is so happy he can’t stop laughing. That is all I needed to see and hear how happy my boy was to be out playing and having fun with other kids. I realize that I should look at the world like he does, he just makes the best of it wherever he is, doesn’t matter if he is playing on a playground where no one speaks English, he is determined to have a good time and so am I! After a few minutes of playing and trying to listen to see if I hear anyone yelling at their kid in English, I see a mom and her some on the seesaw and Killian wants to join them. So I ask if we can and she says yes! In English! Woohoo! Jackpot!
She is from New Zealand and married to an Aussie and she is so nice! She gives me a few tips on the area and where to live or not and she is very helpful but at the same time I have to keep running after Killian because all he wants to do is chase pigeons… Come on kid moms trying to get a hone number here…you’re ruining my game 🙂
As we get ready to leave I say goodbye and we hope to see each other again soon and I go for a walk through the park. As I walk I now know how the guy feels when he doesn’t ask for the girls phone number.(insert inner monologue) “Dang! Why didn’t I ask for her phone number? She was so nice and has a little boy too! Stupid Becky stupid!” As I turn to go home there she is with her other friend and their boys! Yay a second chance! I ask for her number and she says yes we can go on a walk or play in the park again! Yay! Mission accomplished! This just in: she just texted to invite me to a play group tomorrow morning! Not going to lie I just did a happy dance!
I’m feeling confident today in my abilities to make Bangkok work for us for the next four years. The two moms I spoke to on the playground were amazed that I was already out on my own for only being here 6 days, which made me feel really good! God is good!
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Below are some pictures of the park right by us. It is so nice! It has two playgrounds, an outdoor gym, pond full of turtles, and a really nice walking path. We will be going back tomorrow!