Part 2: Raise your hand if you cried a little (or a lot) at the airport today. 🏽♀️I left Baan Tathit last night with a heavy heart. So many beautiful memories I’ll cherish forever. I’m incredibly humbled and grateful to have had the opportunity to live this one-in-a-lifetime experience.
Saying good-bye to a love is tough, so I only said sawadeeka. Thai people believe that elephants reincarnate in humans. That at least gives me hope. Maybe Mali comes back as a hot Australian man my age who has his life together, or maybe she comes back as a cool, crazy BFF and we end up in the same old folks home. Either choice works for me. 🤗Jk. Trying to laugh instead of crying over here.
When and I were saying our farewells, her mahoot, Gon, was trying to tell me something in Thai. I couldn’t understand. One of the staff members interpreted for me. He said: “Mali and I wish you happiness. Mali loves you.” I had a lump in my throat. My eyes got watery fo sho. Then Mali gave me flowers and signaled bye while eyeing me with her beautiful, expressive eyes until she turned around. Every time we would meet, Gon would interpret Mali’s cute little sounds and movements for me. He’d tell me: “Mali happy, Mali love you.” ️ It made me feel all the things. Meeting & spending time with Mali meant the world to me. In two short weeks, Mali made me happier than humans I’ve known for years. What a blessing to have met her. She brought me so much peace and joy. This was such a special experience. My heart is full. And now, I’ll always have a little reminder of her, so that I can look at it and smile, whenever I feel down. ️ See you in another life, love. Or maybe I’ll come back one day. #seeyouinanotherlifelove #thankyou #wearebamboo - 5 hours ago