It was day one of our Thailand trip. We’d walked several miles scouring through the streets of Bangkok, immersed in pungent smells of the street vendors and pollution, languages from around the world and temples.
We finally began to slow our pace down and as we were heading back to the ferry on the river, we stopped in Chinatown for a fried banana snack. As I ordered from the street vendor, I took a step back waiting for her to finish cooking.
Meanwhile a few other local women came up to the same vendor and ordered some treats as well. One stepped back and told me to order the fried banana as this woman’s was the best. I ensured her I had.
We got into a little conversation in broken English. Our conversation started with where she had traveled to in America, through parts of California and Las Vegas.
Then, she asked me about Obama.Obama? We are so far from home, but people want to talk about this.
“Obama good?” She asked.
I nodded and asked her, “Obama good?”
“Yes,” she said, smiling.
Then she said to me, “What all people want is peace. No war, just peace.”
My heart melted. Rob, my husband, looked at me and smiled. When we walked away he said, “That just totally made your day didn’t it?”
And it did.
For a woman who could barely speak English to be able to express that to me was just magical. I do believe her statement is true, it is what most people in the world want.
Do you agree?