…and we’re not even to England yet! Oh, dear.
Mae Sot has been surprisingly cold the past few days, mostly at night.
The days warm up to the low 70s, but the nights are getting down into the low 50s. I’m sure plenty of you are saying that isn’t that cold, but keep in mind you have closed buildings and cars, heaters, & sinks that provide warm water! Riding a motorbike in 50 degree weather is chilly, and then you arrive to an outdoor restaurant where you eat in 50 degree weather. And when you get up in the morning, you take a shower in water that has been sitting outside in 50 degree temperatures and walk around a house that has absorbed most of that 50 degree air. It’s feeling quite cold for us, let alone our sweet neighbors in bamboo huts! The kids are bundled up by mid-afternoon to keep the chill away.
Tonight we snuggled under blankets together with our coats on.
A couple nights ago, we had carolers visit the neighborhood. It was pretty cold, so I was bundled up in a thick sweater. Stephen radiates heat himself and was out in shorts and a t-shirt, much to all the kids’ shock and awe.
The little ones would run up to give Stephen the usual hugs, but then discover that he was quite warm. For most of the carols, he had five or six kids crowded around wrapped onto his arms and legs. He was also handed Jor Lay, an eighteen month old that is still a little unsure of being held by Stephen on most days. But on this night, he felt the warmth and curled up into Stephen’s arms for half an hour.
I went to my Karen lesson today about noon, right as the warmth was seeping in from the sun. I started to slip off my shoes to walk into the room we usually study in, and my teacher told me, “Oh, no. Don’t take your shoes off. It’s cold today; we’ll wear our shoes.” We then both wore our flip flops throughout the lesson to keep us warm.
And tomorrow, we’ll be boarding a plane bundled in all the sweaters, coats, and scarves we can manage! Baby, it’s only getting colder!