If a normal apple a day keeps the doctor away, what about an apple that was a part of the ceremonial blessing for the New Year? An ode to baby-led weaning and Lao New Year with Humnoy!
Dear Grandmother Mone,
Although Humnoy was born long after your passing, I strive to provide your presence in his life and mine. You are my constant inspiration – this blog, parenting choices, and in karma. I wouldn’t be where I am without your memory of strong will and instinctive motherhood in a country I am grateful to know of but to not have been born in at a time of war reparation.
I wore your *sinh to Humnoy’s *phakhouane and most recently to Lao New Year. It was an unbelievable honor to be able to keep you and my baby close to my heart. I hope you are proud of me and that the blessings from the New Year reach to you and that you know how much I miss you.
*sinh, the traditional Lao skirt made of silk and cotton.
**phakhouane, a symbolic offering to the assembled gods and a a welcome mat and gift for the returning khouanes
Humnoy has been enjoying the authentic food, language, and definitely the music. Did I mention that he loves, like LOVES, to dance? No? Well, he really loves to, btw. Every major Lao celebration is complete when you have karaoke and drunk men dilly-dallying on the stage pretending to be a part of the band. Then you get drunk men on the dance floor. Throw in Humnoy in the mix and you get this: