Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Three Girls from Thailand

There they are!

When I was at the Elizabeth Park rose garden in West Hartford a few weeks ago, something neat happened. I was pushing Sam along in his stroller and taking pictures of the scenery when three pretty teenaged Asian girls got up from a bench and asked me in broken English to take a picture. I assumed they meant to take a picture of them, so I was really surprised when I (finally) understood that they each wanted to take a picture with ME. What the...?

That had never happened to me before. I felt kind of flattered. It was nice to feel unique and to be chosen as the token American to have a picture taken with. Living in the U.S., it's easy to forget that we're different-looking, acting, sounding, and dressing to the majority of the people in the world. As normal as we might feel sometimes, we're always interesting to people somewhere else. And the reverse is true--people in other countries are fascinating to me, but they probably don't think they're all that interesting.

I asked one of the girls where they were from and she said "Thailand." They took close-up pictures of Sam and when one of the girls had her picture taken with me she held my hand. It was the sweetest thing. I'd been feeling a little sorry for myself that day, with a big move coming up and my husband and older son both out of town. But those girls really brightened my day and my perspective. I'll never forget them. And I'll follow their example when I travel the world someday by having my picture taken with the "locals" too.

He is pretty cute if I do say so myself. I'd want to take his picture too. (So I did!)


Kristina P. said...

That's so funny. We had a lot of Asian exchange students, and they are slightly obsessed with Americans, especially blonde ones.

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Funny! And sweet. That's how it is with Russ. Asians see this really tall American guy and they just love him. I'd love to take him to Japan and see him in a crowd, towering above everyone.

Glad they brightened your day!

dougandcheryl said...

What a fun experience.

Lisa K said...

My sister lived in China for 4 months and felt like a celebrity with paparazzi following her everyday. Ha!

Ann Marie said...

What a weird yet cool thing to happen to you! I would be freaked out just because I am always self concious about what my hair looks like.. what I'm wearing.. etc.
-- You must always look great!

You always travel to the coolest places. I have never been back east.. so it's always fun to visit here and see it through you.

Love your Damask background!
Have a great weekend!

Ann Marie said...

Also.. Happy Birthday this Saturday! I hope it's fabulous! XO

Donna said...

Thank you Ann Marie! :)