American Gothic Goes Abroad to Thailand

Our friends, Sandra Molyneaux and Larry Ellis who were pieticipants sent this note with the picture attached. With their permission, I am sharing it.

Farmers Larry and Sandra at Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand, with a nod to Grant Wood - 2/24/2015

Farmers Larry and Sandra at Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand, with a nod to Grant Wood – 2/24/2015

Many thanks to all of you for yesterday’s instructive and delicious class. We couldn’t wait to get home to dig into our apple pie. Actually, all the curious and envious looks we got on the street were worth the price of admission alone. As was, of course, the pie itself!

Beth–I’ve attached our version of American Gothic, taken earlier this year at an elephant nature reserve outside Chiang Mai, Thailand. Little did we realize when we posed for the picture that we would ever meet someone with a direct connection to the original.

Sandra & Larry

They included this picture, which is so very appropriate and funny

pie

After completing my Ed.D., the frustration of finding a teaching position where I was willing to live, led to Ron and I leaving the country. We intended to travel for a year before settling somewhere in MA or RI. We left the US without any credit card debt, no car payments and our house mortgage paid by renters. We had $10,000 in the bank to make our way through a year.