Talked briefly with someone who had traveled Indonesia and struck me with this bit of comment:
E: I think the way Indonesians say “Thank You” is really beautiful.
Me: Huh? What do you mean?” (alias dalam hati: “He, maksud loo?”).
E: When Indonesians say “Thank You”, it’s like “Here, receive love (Terima Kasih)”. And the other person reciprocates with, “Likewise (Sama-sama)”. I just think that, that’s such a beautiful way to say thank you.
So embarassed to say that I never thought of it that way and it took me this long & someone else to point out to me how lovely indeed the meaning of that word is in Indonesian. I now have a newfound appreciation for the word.
Terima Kasih for helping me realize it 🙂 – at Lake Side
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