Respect for elders, a tradition we could use year round

your say April 14, 2014 00:00

In our younger days during Songkran, my wife and I would bring our daughter to visit and pay respects to our parents as a "dum hua" tradition.



Now that we have become older – and our daughter has grown up and gotten married – it is our child and her family’s turn to treat us with the same simple ceremony each year. 
This year, I have noticed that our five-year-old grandson has become unusually silent, solemn and observant during the brief ceremony – as his mother was during her younger years. 
It has dawned on me then that this age-old and wonderful tradition will stay within our family for a long, long time. 
It would be wonderful if our country’s elders and ancestors are regarded and treated in the same way – every day. 
Then love, harmony and peace will be just a smile away – as it has been before this.
Vint Chavala
Bangkok