Today is Queen Sirikit’s 85th birthday and in turn Mother’s day as well. Whenever there is a celebration in Thailand; our school tends to go all out, so this week we’ve hardly had any lessons as the student’s have been preparing for their celebrations.
On the last day before the bank holiday weekend, everybody came into school dressed in blue (the Queen’s colour) and we had a 3 and a half hour celebration in our assembly hall. There were so many traditional dance performances (the one performed by the 3-5 year olds was…terrible but oh so cute) instrument recitals, singing and poem reading. The students all received awards for taking part and their mum’s crouched beneath the stage taking selfies with them and recording the entire show. Sometimes, I can get a little bored during these performances, you don’t really know what’s going on, you can’t understand the language you don’t know when to stand up, sit down, clap your hands or bow- this time however, I loved it. The dances were en point, the singing was beautiful; the songs were like 50s swing music rather than traditional Thai and my P4 & P2 students performed a Thai rendition of Grease…what could be better than that?! At the end of the celebration, the mother’s take seat upon stage and their children sat at their feet and handed them handmade flower garlands while our school presenter read a poem. I have no idea what she was saying but their wasn’t a dry eye in the house…including mine, I was practically sobbing I got so emotional- showing you don’t need to speak the same language to understand. I find it extremely difficult living so far away from my own mum; she’s my best friend, my soul mate, the love of my life, the greatest person I have ever known. Thankfully I get to see her tomorrow otherwise I would have been balling my eyes out.
Let’s hear it for the mothers out there and the one’s who aren’t with us any longer. We love you, we miss you, you’re amazing. Love the daughters of the world.