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.
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.