Flying the Comet 4

Much joy is often derived from the totally unexpected. Such was my experience when I learned that I would be flying in a Comet 4 jet plane when I flew back to Laos via Thailand in 1971. The previous day had been quite hectic. I was getting anxious because I had not...

Making Life Difficult

As we grow up we develop our own philosophies of life – mechanisms for coping with the various challenges we will face in the path ahead. Making life difficult for myself was one of those philosophies. I am not sure what prompted it – but it soon became a...

Two Weddings…

Some readers may have had the experience of getting married twice but there are possibly few who married the same spouse twice over.. But that was our experience – two weddings in ten days, and in two separate countries! It all came about because the country...

Hello Dutch Family!

In A New Beginning I told of the traumatic upheaval of leaving Laos in  May 1975. Where do we go now? It was not something we had even thought about… Time to start laying plans for the beginning of the rest of our lives – now as a family of three. Hennie...

A New Beginning

Everything changed dramatically for Hennie and me. Malcolm’s arrival marked as much the end of an old era and the beginning of a new. This was not so much because of Malcolm, but because of the quantum changes that were sweeping across Southeast Asia. 1975 was a...

A Child is Born

Becoming parents for the first time is a very special event for any young couple. And under normal circumstances they have a fair degree of control. Well, Hennie and I had a wonderful baby boy – but it was not under the best of circumstances. Let me tell you how...