I was so happy to arrived at Ban Akat finally. I wanted to take a shower and get some sleep. Aunt Phone asked her niece Khek to boil hot water for me so I can take a shower even though it was not that cold and I could just take a regular shower using tap water. After the nice warm shower I took some cold/flu medication and went to my room to get some rest. I didn’t have any appetite and didn’t want to eat anything and drank only warm water.
It was too noisy in the neighborhood to get a real sleep but I was safe from the mosquitoes. For some reason they would follow me around the house and I could see them flying after me as I walk up the stair case. Between the short naps, I spent the morning organizing my photos and updating my journal. By noon time I was called down for lunch. Aunt Kian made her famous bamboo shoots soup and fried some sweet sausages. Lunch time is when all the kids come home from school during their long break to share a meal. It’s more economical than buying food and drinks at the school everyday. Even Uncle Khao would come home for lunch rather than eating at Mahosot Hospital or at restaurants in the area.
For dinner Aunt Kian bought some grilled fish and made Phun Pa or fish wraps. I can’t even remember how it tasted since I didn’t eat much of anything. I do remember Aunt Phone picking out the fish for me and made me feel like a little kid. I tried to protest but she wanted to take care of me in her own way so I just ate what I could and that made everyone happy because they thought they were doing a good job taking care of me, the best way they know how.