Den thailandske konge er død, og har du rejst i Thailand, ved du at her er virkelig et folk der elskede deres konge højt. Han har været syg et stykke tid. Jeg kan huske at da vi i maj besøgte Hua Hin ( hvor kongen har sit sommerhus) var han meget syg, og alt personale på hotellet hvor vi boede udtrykte deres bekymring. Jeg boede på Centara Grand som er bygget af Kongen. Dengang hed det The Railway Hotel. Vi har altid følt Thailands kærlighed og respekt til deres regent når vi har været der og især på mit sidste besøg lærte jeg meget om ham. Det er nu hans søn kronprinsen der skal være konge, og det er der så vidt jeg kan forstå ikke rigtigt nogen der glæder sig til. Èn grund kan være at han har et par meget store sko at udfylde, andre kan jeg kun gætte på lige nu, men rygtet siger at han er lidt af en charlatan der har været indblandet i en del skandaler. Der kommer dog til at gå lidt tid inden han overtager tronen, da han skal sørge sammen med resten af landet.
På facebook fandt jeg denne lille fine opdatering/historie skrevet af en amerikaner bosat i Thailand. Da jeg spurgte ham, om jeg måtte dele, fortalte han, at han havde skrevet det for at forklare sin familie og venner i USA hvor meget kongen betød for det Thailandske folk.
Can you imagine a man who was born to be something else? His brother was the heir apparent. This man was born to privilege yes, but his mother was a nurse in a hospital and his father moved to the US to learn medicine, where the child was born in Boston, at Harvard. He then moved to Switzerland, and was taught and educated as a normal boy, until one day – his brother was notified he was King. Suddenly the boy was swept from a world of familiar sights and sounds to a world of the unfamiliar. He was in Asia, learning a language only his parents had previously spoken – and he saw his brother crowned King. Then after a brief and tragic period where his brother was killed accidentally, suddenly the boy was now King. King of a nation that did not know him. King of a country he had spent little time in. A King with no training to be King.
This boy had interests. He loved music, he loved sailing, he loved his family and loved science. He loved reading and listening to jazz records – swing music, jazz music – the music of the new world. He was a child of the swing era, but he suddenly was thrust into a political maelstrom that was the end of World War II. He was then King of a country that did not know him. And he did not know them. But here he was. A King in a country that was hungry for “democracy”. A nation that was moving out of an absolute control, and finding its way in a world that not quite familiar. He was 19. And he was alone – really. And yet this child turned man matured and grew. He assumed roles that required him to be mature – a leader – a saint – a servant. A man who lived his life from premature adulthood to old age in service to his people.
He used his skills and talents to help his people. He recognized that water was a critical area for the country, and he devoted his live to solving water problems – too much water – not enough water. He spend his live walking with his people, speaking with them, learning from them, adapting to them. He was a man out of time in a way, but a man who through strength of character and heart – led a people into the modern era. He did not wield absolute power – but we wielded absolute heart and character and love. He set an example that made his people love him, revere him, cherish him. He was a magnificent soul. He will be missed, because he made part of the world a better place. He made part of the people of the world, better people. He was the King – may he rest as his good service to Thailand is complete.
Et billede fra undergrunden i bangkok hvor folk hovedsageligt er klædt i sort.
Landet har en sørgeperiode på et år, men især den næste måned, skal du, hvis du rejser i Thailand være opmærksom på følgende:
-Den næste måned vil de fleste være i sort , nogle også sørgebind.
-Flaget er på halv.
-Militæret kommer til at sidde tung på landet for at undgå at nogen laver ballade.
-Nogle attraktioner vil blive lukket helt af.
-Der vil flere steder være alkohol forbud.
-Man kunne både da kongen levede og også nu i den efterfølgende sørgeperiode komme i fængsel hvis man taler grimt om kongen.