Image: Be gentle with each other. We cannot know the load carried.
Sometimes we get angry or disappointed in people because we think that they are lazy or not helpful to others.  Maybe they seem selfish or like they don’t care.  But, we only know a part of a person’s life.  Maybe they are already struggling with a load that we cannot see—carrying a family burden or troubles in their mind.  In any case, they deserve our prayers, not our contempt.
 
     -The Godmother
About motorbike loads: It is truly a wonder of human nature what and how much Cambodians are able to carry on their motorbikes--a car windshield, a refrigerator, a bundle of rebar, a gaggle of ducks, a live pig flopped over the seat, all the produce for their market stall, a passenger hooked up with an IV drip, a family of five, etc. I've carried a clothes rack, a king-sized mattress like an airplane wing, and 12 plastic chairs stacked up--all child's play for a Cambodian. What struck me as entirely practical is a woman in a skirt riding side-saddle. Apparently in the US, riding side-saddle was common up until the 1960s but is illegal now in most states. Too bad.
Did you miss a previous Godmother's Advice email? 
  • #001: Khmer boxing & solving problems
  • #002: Factory workers' commute & "making room"
  • #003: Bright balloons & dangerous attractions
  • #004: Bats and others' ways
  • #005: Playing in the mud
  • #006: Tattoos and bad habits
  • #007: Make-believe
  • #008: Dental and other care
  • #009: Boat races and collaboration
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Background about this email: Several years ago, I was feeling like an inadequate Godmother due to my absence in the US and, consequently, my absence in my Godson's lives. I decided to send what little advice I have as someone who has been in the world for 30 years longer than they. Thus was born my Godmother's emails--a tidbit of advice each week. I decided to share these emails with friends and others because I feel that  folks need some good, helpful or happy things in their Inbox these days. I hope these are; otherwise, unsubscribe below.
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