Feelin the LoveSo, a few posts back, I was ranting about the frustations of everyone wanting to touch and take pictures with Caden here. Today, I'm going to take the opposite route completely...
As everyone must know by now, Brady took a turn for the worse while on vacation in Penang. We ended up in the hospital overnight. Well, that ordeal really truly opened my eyes to how caring so many people are here in Malaysia. Here are some specifics that we encountered:
-The hotel doctor personally called a pediatrician (late at night) and asked him to meet us at the ER
-The doctor then got us a taxi
-While getting into the taxi, the hotel manager gave me his card and said to call him personally if we needed anything at all
-The taxi driver waited at the hospital for us for 2 hours - free of charge - to be sure Caden and I got back to the hotel safely
-The same taxi driver gave me his card and said to call at anytime, and he'd be at the hotel to bring us back to the hospital (and he was)
-the entire hotel staff, including the housekeepers, kept asking how Brady was doing - truly concerned
-the hotel made up a fruit basket and card to send to the hospital for us
Everyone was so willing to help and make sure we felt safe during this ordeal that I was so thankful for the generosity.
Even before Brady got sick I was finding myself finally used to everyone wanting to touch and talk to my boys. I even let the workers at a local restaurant/stall hold Brady so that Ron and I could eat at the same time! It was great! Plus, at one point about 10 girls on the beach were gushing over/touching/taking pictures with Caden, and I didn't get the same anxious feeling I used to get.
|Malaysian man holding Brady while we eat|
Caden's becoming Malaysian
Caden is definitely picking up on the gestures and language used here. Now, unfortunately he only knows a few Malay words since English is so widely spoken, but since it is British english, he is picking up on that for sure. Here are a few things Caden says/does that are because of living here:
He points with his thumb, never his "pointer" finger
He says in Bahasa Malay... Terima Kasih (thank you), Sama-Sama (you're welcome), Selamat Pagi (good morning), Sedap (nice/yum)
He uses British English like.... lift, trolley, que, air con for air conditioner, and holiday
He talks about durian, mangoes, monkeys, tupai, and geckos
He has never questioned why women are fully covered or why he hears a call to prayer 5 times a day - that's just a part of his life here.