Sunday, January 03, 2010

The End of a Day


Dale is away for the night, DJ'ing a friend's wedding at a nearby beach. Sojo and I decided to stay here and have a mellow day together instead of spending hours in a taxi.

After dinner, we headed out to the playground for a quick play before the sun started going down and the mozzies came out. Almost as soon as we got out there, the king's anthem came on the neighborhood loudspeakers. This means it's 6:00 (it also happens at 8 a.m. and is followed by a long speech in Thai--note to self to find out what they are saying), which is usually our key to go inside, but we decided to stay out a bit longer. While she played in the sandbox, I just soaked it all in--the evening light, the sky framed perfectly through the silhouette of the branches, and the realization that the king's anthem played each night is like when I was a kid and the streetlights came on. It was our reminder to finish up the playing, say goodbye to friends, and head home to our families. The routine of a day coming to an end.
Minutes after the king's anthem finished, the call to prayer came across yet another loudspeaker (funny, but we really don't live in a loud place) from the Muslim mosque just outside our apartment building. I love that Sojo knows it's the call to prayer, and how sometimes she wishes aloud that the man would be just a bit quieter with his praying.

As our day was ending, the strangest thing happened. We met a camel named Camel in the sandbox who really wanted to come home with us (where on earth did that come from?!). He was lonely, so we got him some water and let him sleep downstairs instead of the original idea of having him sleep in my bed. Sojo tucked him in with her new robot, and the plan is to check on him in the morning.

4 comments:

popo said...

That must be the camel that she asked Santa for on Christmas Eve. You know Santa...he always provides. I would love to find out where the idea of a camel came from. Is he a relative of mousey and squirrel? Or, is he missing from the Magi's journey? Today is the Feast of the Epiphany when the Magi went to Bethlehem. Whichever...she looks so cute tucking him into bed.

popo said...

That must be the camel that she asked Santa for on Christmas Eve. You know Santa...he always provides. I would love to find out where the idea of a camel came from. Is he a relative of mousey and squirrel? Or, is he missing from the Magi's journey? Today is the Feast of the Epiphany when the Magi went to Bethlehem. Whichever...she looks so cute tucking him into bed.

Dyann said...

Have you read The Camel Who Took A Walk by Jack Tworkov? Awesome camel story that we love around here. :)

richard said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO THE GLOBAL NOMADS!
LOVE TO TAKE THE TIME TO CATCH UP ON ALL YOUR HAPPENINGS AND TO WATCH SOJO GROW. SHE REALLY IS BEAUTIFUL!!A WISH FOR A HEALTHY, JOYOUS AND LOVE FILLED NEW YEAR FOR YOU
CAROL AND DICK