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  Tu- I want my family and the people around me to have happiness.

Tu- I want my family and the people around me to have happiness.

I spent the afternoon with Tu and his wife Apai in their small fishing village. Although Tu speaks only basic English and I have 6 words of terribly pronounced Thai (it's a tonal language that I can't seem to grasp) we enjoyed hours of each others company. They invited me for coffee, we sat together whilst goats and geese wandered by. I followed them along the beach and stood in the sea as they fished. A magnificent movement as Tu threw the chain-weighted net into the water at the exact moment a school of fish passed by . Each cast brought in 10, 20, 30 fish which were put into a rice sack by their youngest son. We sat on the coast overlooking more Thai islands, rubbed peppermint oil on our sweating brows and spoke in monosyllable sentences.

Grateful.

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