It becomes obvious to anyone who spends any amount of time in Thailand that the Thai people have a great respect for their King. I was so impressed by the amount of respect and honor that is given to the King.
His daughter the Crown Princess has her own foundation and is very involved in community projects around Thailand.
Below is a poem by the Crown Princess of Thailand about her father…
“Following the Footsteps of My Father” ( Nok Air Magazine, May, 2006)
I walk in the rapid footsteps of my father without stopping.
We enter a jungle, huge and dense.
It goes on forever and is dark and wide and full of large trees.
“Father dear, I am dying of hunger and I am very tired.
Look, father, blood is running from my two wounded feet.
I am afraid of the snakes, tigers, and wild dogs.
Father dear, have we reached the end of the path yet?”
The King responds to his daughter:
“My dear child, this world has no place that has ease and comfort for you.
My path is not spread with beautiful flowers.
Follow me, always, even if it breaks your heart.
I see the thorns that have pricked your tender skin.
Your blood is like rubies lying on the grass by the water.
I see your tears drop on the green shrubbery around you.
They are beautiful, like diamonds resting on emeralds.
For the sake of humanity, do not lose your courage.
In the face of your pain, be patient and strong.
Have joy and happiness that you have chosen this path.
Come, walk forward, if you want to walk in my footsteps.”
This picture of the King and Queen was a gift to me by Thai leaders and is now displayed in my room.
One of them said “When I see how the King acts I see God” What a statement!
As we were visiting different community development projects I found out that the King has visited every single province in Thailand. He has done so many things to help his people and to provide a better life for them.
Here is the King sweating as he in one of those provinces.
I love how the King did not just stay in beautiful Bangkok but was willing to get involved and go to where the people are and to where they are hurting.
I kept seeing the picture below everywhere throughout Thailand of the King kneeling down to an older lady who seems to be a beggar.
He is dressed so cleanly but reaches down to this dirty person. Who knows what he says but one can only imagine. The gesture itself speaks loudly.
Such a beautiful picture of the Kingdom.
While we were in Bangkok we decided to watch a movie and even before the movie started everyone stands in order to honor the King.
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