Since April I have been providing monthly support to various female Thai friends to cushion the hardships brought about by the pandemic. The original plan was to help out for three months, but it doesn’t look like the economy here will be recovering anytime soon. So, I will be extending my little program through the end of the year. Maybe by that time the troubles will have receded.
One of the surprises of the charity work I’m doing has been the reactions. I don’t think any of the women have ever experienced this kind of no-strings-attached generosity and their thanks have been heartfelt, showing me a side of them I would never have encountered otherwise:
“How are you? Do you have anything (for me) to help or do?
Call me. I’m always happy.”
“Thank you so much. I will not forget you…
You are my good man and are always in my mind.”
“If you sick you call me ok”
“Thank you very much for your help.
I’m in trouble for money now you are so kind for me.
Hope to see you soon.”
“Thank you about money. You are good friend for me…
I wish you good luck in everything. And be healthy.”
I also receive occasional pictures. One of my friends has a fondness for scenes showing a full moon over the ocean, which I enjoy as well.
It’s nice to know others are thinking of you.