Thursday, March 13, 2008

they walked all over us

Today, Joey and I were victims of the Adian Hotel and Spa. Side by side, the pranced and danced down our bodies. Balinese toes are really quite remarkable. With a fierce prodding, their toes almost brought us to tears! Over and over, they tenderized our backs, our arms, and legs (down to each individual toe). If there were only cameras to capture our hidden faces! We were dying! Our survival method was to laugh through the pain, and we laughed a lot! Today the Maertzs were weaksauce. In the end, our Shiatsu toes masters asked us how we liked it? Our response came with a big grin, "It was intense, amazing and intense." Joey and I are walking a little more gingerly, and enjoying life at a slightly slower pace. Life is slower in Bali, and we love it. The massage was simply a fun story, honestly we really can't share enough wonderful things about this beautiful little island, and all the people in it. We ended our day, sharing drinks and a cherished conversation with a old family friend MieKhie. He and his family have showered us with kindness. Every time we express our gratitude to him, he says "I have many friends, but only one spiritual father, your dad." That statement meant a lot to me tonight. My mom and dad have made wonderful relationships with many international students, and here we are in Bali, reaping the benefits of my parent's kindness. It all feels very undeserved. Reminds me a bit of grace, and the grace that we have already seen throughout this adventure, all completely undeserved. Joe and I have been gifted with so much. That's just a little of how I'm feeling tonight... grateful, really grateful.

6 comments:

anjuli paschall said...

how did we miss your call. i feel depressed, but happy bc i survived a year of motherhood. love you guys. what a crazy massage! Lets talk skype soon!
love you.

Angela said...

hi friends. sounds like a laughing (and relaxing) sort of day. or at least one you can tell your grandkids..."one time when we were in bali and these guys walked on our backs for a massage..." I mean it's not everyday that you hear a story like that.

Oh, and you are dearly missed. But I'm grateful :) for the unveiling that's happening in and around you. happy days.

Wichit Maneevone said...

How come mom and I didn't have that kind of experienced to have someone walk over our back. We did have in Thaialnd. Hope yu can try the Thai way. Miss you, dad

Miriam Maneevone said...

What a wonderful time you both had! I laughed all the way through it. I love Mie Khie and Yanto. So glad you can enjoy them and their families too. Give them our love and keep posting pictures, especially when you see their kids. Are you going river rafting? Love you and miss you. Have you figured things out with India? Maki called and said his kids have the Chicken Pox. Is that a problem to Joe? Love- Mom

kristy said...

i love it and i need more updates! what are you doing now? what adventures are you on? oh, and write some music, would ya!

Matt's wife said...

yay for wichit!!!