It is nearly Mother’s Day in Thailand and schools all over the country have been organizing special ceremonies. Representative mothers came into the school and their children prostrated at their feet before getting up to give them a hug. Unlike many Western countries, Thai kids are very respectful of their parents and elders. It is not something necessarily earned. It is something that is drummed into the kids from Kindergarten. I know some people don’t like to see this kind of thing, but it definitely beats kids in the West who throw chairs at their teachers or who swear at their parents. I think Thailand is probably a nice place to retire where most people show a great deal of respect for the elderly.