Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Protest in the Air

It's not always horses and muffins and sunshine here. There are days lately when the sweetpea tries to push every single button possible to get what she wants. And we are fully in the stage of some serious crying when things don't go her way or when she is frustrated. Take, for example, when we were downtown the other day. Bangkok has some pretty snazzy taxis that are hot pink or orange, so we waited in line and wound up getting an orange taxi totally by chance. Well, Sojo really likes the pink taxis and it got that she was crying so hard in the taxi that her head was in her hands sobbing. Seriously, the drama was both alarming and hilarious at the same time. My friend Kimbra once said, "Just love her through it," and it stuck with me as the perfect parenting mantra.That being said, I hope it doesn't make me too evil to have caught her in full-protest mode last night. Those tears! A random sidenote that I find fascinating is that Asian eyes are shaped in such a way that tears tend to float around in there a while and then almost pop out like a cartoon character.

Speaking of other people protesting, we are fine while the protests are going on here in Bangkok because we live out in the suburbs. This one is a bit more dramatic than the others since the protestors have taken over the international airport. We have friends from Singapore that are supposed to arrive tomorrow night for a weekend with us, but I'm thinking that might not happen. Hopefully it will work itself out soon. Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles, and this feels so out of sync to have such upheaval.

5 comments:

popo said...

I hope it doesn't mean that I am a bad Popo because I had to chuckle just a bit at our little drama queen here too. I can just imagine how unhappy she was not to get the pink taxi. Hey,I preferred them too. Who wouldn't??? Yep...ya just gotta love them through it. Trust me...there will be a lot worse things you will be loving her through. She is blessed to have a Mama and Baba like you to to be there through it all.

Kimbra Power said...

Wow, did I say that???I am so wise!
Mimi has also begun to cry as if we are making her walk on hot coals whenever she doesn't get her own way. I know what you mean about it being amusing at the same time as distressing.I often just want to laugh but have to realize that to her, not getting the kiwi fruit like jie jie/pink taxi/last word/next book IS the end of the world...
Great blogging pengyou. xx

Anonymous said...

And did you think you could avoid the 'terrible twos' part of her life??? This phase will pass - and you will love her through many more.
Aunt Sylvia

Ingrid said...

They pass yes, but that strong will will surface in other more "subtle" ways which make you count to 10......and then again.
But yes, the love just grows.

Ingrid said...

Oh and really glad to hear you are safe! Have been thinking of you...
My Mum and Step Dad due to travel to India over New Year....:(