But the memory of war looms over many of her neighbors, nearly all of whom fled violence in Myanmar in the past.
Her father, Mou-ae, grew up in the former Karen, now Kayin State of Myanmar, which has been fighting on and off for independence since the 1940s.
He often heard gunshots and explosions from neighboring villages, and atrocities, such as systematic rape and the razing of villages of the Karen people, were documented by human rights watch groups for decades. Many of his teenage friends became fighters — and died. Others were maimed from land mines.
One day, the soldiers came to Mou-ae’s village. They had been many times before. Mou-ae and his mother knew they would kill. They always did. This time, Mou-ae and his mother grabbed a few items of clothing and ran.
After three days they made it to the Moei River — the border of Thailand and their escape from death. Mou-ae has lived in Thailand ever since that day. First with his mother and wife, and now alone with his four children, since his wife and mother have passed away.
As a displaced ethnic minority, Mou-ae has never really been free. He wants his children to have more opportunities than he has had.
Hundreds of thousands of people, mostly ethnic minorities like Mou-ae, have fled into northern Thailand from Myanmar trying to escape violence. Like Mou-ae, they have started families, and their kids have grown up in communities with other immigrants along the border.