An opportunity has presented itself to be near two of my sons for the next 4-6 years.  By near, I mean in the same town and actively involved in their lives.  My youngest is starting uni next fall in a town where my next youngest is teaching high school.  There is nothing I’d rather do than be close to both of them.  It’s really that simple.

 

I’m moving back to the states.

I’ve known this for several months, but I haven’t known exactly when I’d be leaving and as I write this I’m still not sure.  There are some personal matters to clear up first and I could be leaving from the first of April to the middle of May.  I’m just not sure at this point.

Why?  What seems like a complicated decision was really quite simple once I acknowledged my priorities.  My main priority in life started with the birth of my first son when I was 17 years old.  Since then I’ve tried my best to make all subsequent decisions, based on the overall good of my family.

An opportunity has presented itself to be near two of my sons for the next 4-6 years.  By near, I mean in the same town and actively involved in their lives.  My youngest is starting uni next fall in a town where my next youngest is teaching high school.  There is nothing I’d rather do than be close to both of them.  It’s really that simple.

Sure, over the last few years certain things about Thailand have worn thin with me and in future columns I’ll discuss this topic more in depth.  Yet, nothing that would prevent me from continuing my life here.  I have a really great life in Thailand and enjoy most every day.  I’ve managed to make really good friends, I have a very satisfying business where I meet interesting people from all over the world, and I love what I do.  More, living in Thailand gives me the opportunity to travel the country doing what I love most, as often as I wish.  Life in Thailand has been very good to me.  I’d like to thank my host country and its people for this wonderful opportunity.

You’re probably wondering about the future of my weekly column, Bangkok Images the website, and if I’ll be holding photography workshops in the Kingdom.  These are all questions to which I’ve given a great deal of thought.  I’ve worked out some ideas I’ll share with you next week.  I think it’s very possible to keep this column going, maintain the website as a major local photography resource, and to schedule workshops here in the future.  But I’ll need your help.  Look for my special on this topic next week.

Until next time..