Just overjoyed

Sometimes I feel like I have Down syndrome.

You know how it is in the states – there are the people who feel comfortable when approached by a Down person and those who don’t.

When I approach Thai people with my broken Thai, most of them are happy enough to oblige my “slowness” and slow down their own lives for a while.  They talk at a different pace and smile at your mistakes.

Then there are those Thais who see me coming and do their best to avoid the situation.  Oh boy, they think, I can’t understand a damn word this guy says.  This is always awkward.  I’m getting out of here.

I’m developing new forms to empathy every day.


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