Bangkok Thailand 1972
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Laddawan Kanhasuwan. She is one of my favorite people on the planet earth. Dad called her Pi Laddawan, Pi means older sister in Thai. I am sure there is an inside joke with that but I wasn’t privy to it. She was after all younger than my father (by a few month or a year maybe). She always listened to Lynne and I about our school days, what we were interested in and what we were thinking about.

She used to tease my dad and knowing his personality that was good for him. He liked it when people teased him and engaged. It opened the door for him to tease them.

Now that I think about it I suspect that is in the end where Pi came form.

Laddawan was one of the people that made our living in Thailand better. She was always there to help (she also visited us in the United States).

She is one of the kindest people in the world.

We’ve moved onto somcarousel 066e of Dad’s 1972 pictures of Thailand there are many in the upcoming days that are simply amazing. This picture was as we went out to have a picnic on an island. Laddawan didn’t go on boats so she stayed behind. The umbrella was so that she wasn’t exposed to the sun.

A Buddhist monk out and about in Thailand.

There are many wonderful pictures of Thailand. It was game changing experience not only for my parents but also for my sisters and I. For a time we were the minority. We were the ones who were different. It changes your attitude about the world arouncarousel 064d you.

I find great personal peace in the teachings of Buddha.

I find even more peace in the long past eyes of this monk.

In Thailand people had spirit houses that were adorned and protected. These spirit houses were in front of the house so that you passed it on your way in to see whoever lived there.

Some of them were incredibly intricate and told a story of the home. Others were utilitarian but used every day to share with eh sprits.


Scott Andersen

IASA Fellow.

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