The long weekend for the Queen of Thailand's birthday celebrations which is also a day when Thais celebrate Mother's Day had given me the chance to go with Aunty Z and the "gang" to Hua Hin. We were accommodated in Aunty Z's humble abode.
It was past ten when we arrived in Hua Hin. Aunty Z announced she'd cook for us but she needed help in preparations. The girls started to wash, peel, slice the veggies. I left them in the kitchen and walked around. It had been three years since my last visit. The plants had grown. Her caretaker had even started a vegetable garden in the adjacent plot she and her husband had purchased. So many things had changed.
When I finished my tour, I went back to the kitchen to check on them. My face turned into a sour expression when I saw the lady of the house slice bitter gourd. I think most people who know me know that I am not a fan of bitter gourd. I hated it when I was young. I eat it once in a while to get its nutritional benefits. That's it. But to savor it like how my sister and mom do, that's a challenge I can not embrace with a happy heart.
Dishes were served. Aunty called everyone to the table. As I saw this bowl of bitter gourd salad, I thought I lost my appetite. Being a "mom" to us that moment, she insisted everyone get a share. She served us portion of this. She is vegan. She advised us to include raw food in our diet for its health benefits. I ate mine with lots of rice. Everyone had a good laugh when Aunty poured the remaining bitter gourd salad on my plate.