With New Years resolutions starting off (I forgot to make one this year, whoops) it seems somewhat apropos to send this letter off.
Dear mom and dad. I'm on a boat on the Nam Ou river heading from muong khuai to nong khiaw. I've been away from the Internet for a few days and asides from occasional travelers I've been virtually alone with local people. For the first time in quite a while I've been able to reflect and think in differeny ways. Maybe with a travelers mind.
I want you to know that I love you. But I think you know this.
I realize that I've been a constantly difficult child. Not necessarily a bad one, just difficult. I'm sorry for this, though don't expect this to change anytime soon. Through all the challenges that I've presented you both with you've always shone through as the loving and amazing parents that you are. I've always been very lucky to have been blessed with you as my ma and pa, though I can't say that you've always been blessed with me as a son. Hehehe (I'm sure you'll say otherwise as that is what most good parents would say).
I love you very much and promise to be home at some point not too far away and to give you a real live honest-to-goodness hug.
your favorite second born son.