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To A Strange Friend

From: China 广东(guang dong) 惠州(hui zhou ) @meg Time : 2010-07-18 01:44:02
Looking at the old pictures, I think of a strange friend. I really want to know how she is now. I feel regretful I didn’t ask her for her address, or I can send her a letter.

In 2005, I got a chance to travel to Thailand. Before I left home, I tried to search some information about Thailand online, but there was not so much. With the curious feelings, I landed on Bankok. A pretty girl was standing by the bus waiting for me, with beautiful flowers. Then, in the nest days, I visited some famous scenes, such as the Palace, the theatre…. They are so fantastic. I tried to talk with the older people, they told me they were from southern China about 100 years ago, and they said in Thailand about 70% people’s hometown are in China. I still wonder the history……

The next week, I got to Pattaya, a famous city by the sea. The city made me fall into deep thinking…… In the hotel, I met the kind girl, she gave me very good massage. We talked a lot during the two hours. She was 32years old, she had no husband, no child, though she longed for it. She told me the common women’s life in Thailand, I felt shocked.

Now, I do hope to meet her again. I do hope to visit the beautiful country again.

Anyway, good luck to you, my strange friend.


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From: Australia Queensland Brisbane @Barry1 Time : 2013-10-09 01:28:01 #1
@meg .

Thanks for sharing this little story with us, Meg. I found it quite charming to read.

You mentioned that you and your new found Thai friend chatted for a couple of hours during your massage. This reminded me of one of the best things that one friend can share with another.

That is, to listen. Just listen. It's not so hard to do yet sometimes it's the most difficult thing to do.

Perhaps the most important thing we can ever give each other is our attention. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well intentioned of words.

I do hope your Thai friend by now has found success and fulfilment in her tough life as it was back then in 2005 and that you also my friend, experience many rewarding bounties and blessings from God.



From: Australia Queensland Brisbane @Barry1 Time : 2013-10-09 18:11:24 #2
@meg .

In addition to the above, I should say also that the original forum posting by Meg, "To a Strange Friend", was submitted in July 2010, over three years ago now at the time of writing this.

But during this long period, not a single soul commented on it.

Hellooo? Is anyone out there?

Don't you folks out there in Reader Land acknowledge a charming little story when you see it? Don't you all see how heartfelt the words were? Don't you all wonder where the lovely albeit struggling Thai lady is now, or how she's fared over this time? Are you all too busy with your frenetic tail chasing to stop and smell the roses, if only for a few minutes?

Well, if no one else gives a damn about the meanings or questions conveyed in this message on so many different levels, for what it's worth, let me be the first to say that I do.

Thank you, Meg for writing this little poignant piece of introspection. Though I notice that due to the long time involved, even you have now disappeared from this site and will probably never read these words of acknowledgement from me for your interesting thoughts.

The moving hand writes....... and having writ..... inexorably moves on.....

There are lessons to be learnt here for all of us, surely? Please consider this a rhetorical question however, as I won't hold my breath for a reply or response to it any time soon.
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