Birthday parties

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but birthdays are really different here in Indonesia. Gifts are expected both ways it seems. Naturally I’m the jerk who gives a kid a book (hello, teacher!). Yet Ellie will–without fail–come home weekly with bags of food and personalized accessories because some kid at school had a birthday.

The food is almost always crap, packed with sugar and really excessive. The gifts range from little pencil cases and toy boxes to incredibly thoughtful and custom made gifts.

Today? An embroidered backpack! Is a thank you card expected? Cause if so I’m in some hardcore debt…




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