A gift from Siam

My friend Audrey received a vintage Siam Fork and Spoon set from her late aunt as part of her inheritance.  She was going through her things and came across it again and the name Siam sounds familiar from the movie The King and I, and had to look it up.  Then she realized that Siam is known today as Thailand.  She immediately thought of me, my mom was born in Thailand and at that time it was still known as Siam.

Audrey decided to pass this vintage Siam fork and spoon set to me since it would have more sentimental value to me than any of her children or grandchildren.  She thought that her aunt got it from the 1964 New York World’s Fair. I was so happy to have received this gift, thank you so much!

Siam or what is known today as Thailand is rich in culture.  Our family lived there for 4 years and I had some schooling there and that’s how I knew how to read and speak Thai. For nearly 1,000 years, the westerners have called the country Siam and the capital city was once Ayutthaya.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram, late afternoon photographs by G2nfreeb

In 1949 Siam became Thailand and the capital city is Bangkok.

View of the Business district skyline in Bangkok photographs by Akrapon
All Seasons Place, Bangkok photographs by Sam Ruaat

When I think of Siam, I think of the ancient traditions and tropical abundance.  The country is reigned by King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his reigning with compassion and kindness to his people.  He was born in Cambridge Massachusetts and is the world’s only American-born monarch.  He ascended the throne of Siam in 1946 at 18 years of age, his dedication to his duties and his people is extraordinary and in return he is loved and respected by all Thai citizens. Below is a picture of the Grand Palace.

The Grand Palace of Thailand photographs by Tevaprapas Makklay

Thailand is the largest rice exporter in the world

Rice fields near Chiang Mai, Thailand photographs by echiner1

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  1. That is so cool!

    Are you going to lock it up in your safe or put it out on display like at the museum? Kidding. The gift is perfect for you.

  2. Dear Nye, You are so deserving of my gift. There could not be a better and more dear NC friend than you. During all the years together at our place of employment I learned so much about your background and all the stories you would relate about that background and your family history. I know my gift to you has found a wonderful home for years to come. Love, AEC

    • Hi Audrey, thanks for your kind words, you’ve always take an interest in my stories even though they might be odd at times. The gift is a treasure and we’ll take good care of it. 🙂

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