Saturday, March 30, 2013
New Year, New Contact
My dad has been in a Cambodian band for as long as I can remember. A lead singer of both modern and folk Cambodian music. Because our trip is taking place in April, the month of the Cambodian New Year, the Cambodian community in Madison, WI moved their celebration date to March 30th so my dad's band can perform with him.
Though the real significance of that day was the day we received a phone call from my dad's family in Cambodia. We have contact! We found a friend who has family in Battembong, the same city my dad's family is located. They went the old fashion way and asked if the friend can have her family ask around to find our family. Little did we know, word of mouth is still more powerful than the technology we have today. My dad's family now know we are on our way and will be looking for my mother's family (in the village of Moung) and will try to have them travel to Battembong. Phew, a huge load off the shoulders. Another butterfly in the stomach, adding to the millions already existing. Meeting family becomes a lot more real.
Posted by Sarrut at 7:44 PM