Boun Ban at Vat Phonsikhay

My Grand-Mama likes to make offerings and take part in the ancient tradition of Morning Alms Giving. The money she received from her sons in the US and from me usually goes to the local temple after it is spent on food and on her betel quid chewing habit. Like the majority of old ladies in Laos, Grand-Mama chews in the morning, afternoon and night before bed time. As a Buddhist person she is big on giving and is one of those people that would give clothes on her back if you would ask her from her.

Phonsikhay village festival

Phonsikhay village festival

Phonsikhay village festival


Phonsikhay village festival

Phonsikhay village festival

Phonsikhay village festival

Phonsikhay village festival

Phonsikhay village festival

Phonsikhay village festival

Phonsikhay village festival

Phonsikhay village festival

Phonsikhay village festival

Phonsikhay village festival

This year for Boun Ban at her village, Grand-Mama made an offering in the amount of 200,000 Kips from the money I sent her. That is a lot of money for an offering since her grand daughter only makes about 500,000 Kips per month on salary. I think Grand-Mama was trying to give the same amount that I made in her name last year for Boun Ban at Vat Phonsikhay for $20.00 (now worth less than 200,000 Kips). I didn’t say anything to my Grand-Mama about her giving too much or too little. When I send her money, I don’t care what she does with it because that’s her business. I’m just happy that she is happy. At 90 years old she said she is living on borrowed time and to me she is priceless and I want to try my best to make her happy.

6 Comments

  1. I believed that we all are living on borrowed time, and that is why I think time is so precious and should not be wasted, I hope to meet your Grand-Mama, I’ve heard so much about her, and she made me think of Ajahn at my Wat’s mom.

  2. Great pictures!  Sounds like your Grand-mama is awesome!  you’re right, whatever makes her happy, she deserves it.

  3. Sabaidee nong Darly,

    Thank you for finding a pretty picture clip of yours, it must have been pretty cold overthere most of the time huh! it’s pretty hot here in Florida and raining with thunder.
    Having read what you said about your grand  Mamma and looked at these Wat pictures does make me think of my Grand Mamma too, but she passed away 15 years ago.
    She’s similar to your Grand Mamma, she loves to go to “tum boun and go to Wat” When I was a kid, she would tell me about the Buddha story all the time. I don’t remember too much of what she’d told. She would be in the 90’s today if she’s still alive. I did feel big big regret that I did not go pay respect to her “Tud” (sham on me), because I was visiting my dad and he is a monk at the Temple outside the city and he kept me busy by doing this doing that and go here go there, everything was rush rush rush, I don’t even realized it until I got back to the U.S. Now my dad had pass away 4 years ago.
    I don’t have many close relative that I have to worry about, if next time I go to Laos, I will definitely will pay respect to both of them at two diffirent places.

  4. Hi Nye,

    For Grand-Mama I think she does not have much energy to make fuss over little things that some of us still do. She is a generous woman but you know how old Lao people are and they have their favorites.

  5. Saibaidee Ai Sirivanh,

    So you found my pics. Yes, it’s not as warm here like in Florida and it rains too much for my taste.

    I hope you will be able to go back to Laos soon and do all the things that you did not have time to do during your last visit so you don’t feel regret anymore.

  6. Hi there Sithilert,

    It’s nice to see you here too. If I am not wrong then I think you are everywhere, at all my sites. 🙂

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