My live-in brother-in-law Veasna turned 17 on Saturday so Leakhana and I decided to spoil him. He has been living with us a month now and ( or is it tow ? ) and he deserved a treat. The kids in my family ( hell..everyone for that matter ) have hardly ever celebrated their birthdays for two reasons – none of them seem 100% sure when their birth dates are and there has not been much money in the pot for cakes etc. I have been changing that over the last couple of years . I believe a birthday is important for these younger kids as it makes them feel special for a day AND it is a good opportunity for everyone to get together in a festival atmosphere.
The Compound makes for a perfect party venue with it’s wide open courtyards and so it was that Veasna turned 17 . We gave him some beautiful photo boars for his room, his forst aftershave ( he doesn’t shave and sees it more as “perfume” ) and also my special gift to him was a pair of garden secatuers for trimming all his trees and shrubs which he absolutely loved. Everyone had a fine time though I had to retire early due to having a splitting headache bought on by far too much running around in the dreadful heat.