my mom just read that title and fainted.
so, we’re moving house and the only people who needed to know about that and didn’t were the homeowners and our mâe bâan. i hadn’t told the mâe bâan because it sort of felt like i should tell the homeowners first. and i hadn’t told the homeowners because they didn’t return my calls. which i wasn’t too upset by, since i hate making people unhappy. and not having renters would most likely make our homeowners very, very unhappy.
i figured tomorrow would be the day – since that’s when rent’s due. and i was prepared for tomorrow. of course, that’s until i headed out to get my lovely sick (and spending the day at home with me) children rottee for breakfast. as i was strolling down the street our homeowners go past me on their motorcy. i thought they hadn’t seen me. then they stop. and i panic. but turns out they are just headed into a stall to get breakfast and i’m still hoping they hadn’t seen me. (because i’m prepared to see them tomorrow, not today). and then the wife turns and starts walking my way – cuz they totally saw me. he goes on into the restaurant with their daughter, but since the wife and i can do a pretty good job of communicating (my limited thai and her limited english abilities work well together) she’s the one i’m left to deliver the bad news to. after pleasantries are exchanged, she asks what time tomorrow she can come by with a new contract for next year. and i stammer we won’t be staying in the house next year. which she understands as we won’t be home tomorrow. so i give it another go. and another go. and then she gets it. and she calls over her husband. i try to explain the house is hot, that as pretty as it is we just can’t do another hot season. and they both said, oh, mai pen rai. which means never mind, or it’s okay, or don’t worry about it. and then they went into the restaurant. and i went on my way.
while i was out i’d received a text from a friend. she wanted to meet for coffee. and since that is an emergency and our mâe bâan was at the house, i figured it was safe to leave the kids and go get caffeine. i was about 1/2 way through my cup of coffee when a12 calls to let me know that the homeowners are at the house. i chug the rest of my coffee, hightail it home and there they are. brainstorming ways to make the house cooler. so now i have to deliver the bad news that we have already found another house and that even if they did put aircon in and we hadn’t found another house the electricity to cool down all this open space would be way too expensive. and again, they said, mai pen rai – because there wasn’t really much else to say. and it left me feeling bad. i really wanted to tell them okay, we’ll stay. and if it were just me and not a houseful of other very hot and uncomfortable people i would.
on the upside, i no longer had to tell the mâe bâan we were moving and i got to explain to her that she would still have a job. which made her very happy.