Catching up with friends

Saturday was a day of a little bit of work, but mostly a chance to catch up with my in-laws and with friends. It was a day to appreciate what I have and express gratitude for it.

We had lunch with Tawn’s parents, going to dim sum at the same restaurant as we usually do, ordering the same dishes. At one level, it would be possible to see this as an obligation and to begrudge it. But considering where my relationship with my in-laws was up until just about two years ago, I remember to appreciate each interaction and know that it is much better than the alternative.

In the afternoon, another couple stopped by unexpectedly. They had been out and picked up some pastries from a local shop and dropped them off for us. Just a thoughtful gesture that means so much. Again, the opportunity to be grateful not only for friends, but for having such considerate ones. As an expat in Bangkok, it is all too easy to have friendships that are fleeting as people come and go. Having found more reliable and regular friends has allowed me to build more substantial relationships, something we can never take for granted.

Finally, in the evening, we had dinner with a friend and her daughter.We worked together seven over years ago and I’ve seen her daughter grow from a girl into a smart and talented young woman. The friend always challenges my thinking and also helps me appreciate that life is a gift with an unknown expiry date, and that we should find the time to enjoy the now, because we don’t know how many tomorrows we will have.

So even while I wrote yesterday about how busy the week has been and the stress I’ve been experiencing, I want to assure you that I find a way to maintain my balance and fit in the breaks as needed, to not lose sight of what is important in life.

2 thoughts on “Catching up with friends

  1. So good to read this post dear Chris, and so happy that there are concrete bridges between you and the in-laws. I remember the times that you have been through.
    You have such wonderful friends in the city Chris. Being an expat has suited you and I am sure all who come to know you, are grateful for the sincerity of your friendship. I wish you health and wellbeing always. Love and virtual hugs.

  2. It’s nice to see your relationship continuing to grow with your in-laws. In the last few years of his life, my dad and I always went to the same Chinese restaurant every Sunday. We didn’t always order the same dishes but he liked the routine and the staff would even help him into the car when they weren’t busy.

    You’re right about not taking relationships for granted. I’m going to try to work on that this year.

    Take care.

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