Since our time living in Chiang Mai, we have been on my parent’s case about how it would be the perfect new home for them. Especially in the case of my workaholic father who would rather see his back put out of place shift after shift than ever dream of calling in sick.
Unfortunately our persistent hassling is yet to pay off and my dreams of a permanent tropical rent free second home in Chiang Mai are yet to come true.
I say yet because we’ve recently played a deadly hand – by taking away the one thing that is still keeping them in England and relocating it to Thailand, we are forcing the issue.
My sister, Sarah.
Back at home she was often working 6am – 6pm with only one day off a week and doing half of those hours off her own back just to get things done. Of course hearing Kirsty talk about her 8:30am – 2:30pm shifts didn’t go down too well, especially considering she was earning nearly the same money with half the living cost.
“What the hell am I doing over here working this much, when I could be doing that” she asked.
This is all we needed, as soon as Sarah gave a hint of interest we pounced on her and wouldn’t rest, we’d said that she’d love teaching and the glimmer of hope was all we needed. For the next few days we kept on until she began to take it seriously and soon enough she had agreed.
Just a few short weeks later she flew out to take a job along side Kirsty teaching kindergarten English here in Bangkok.
A few weeks before our relocation mission she had been looking into moving into a house not far from my parents, now she’s half way round the world living a completely different life.
So far she seems to love it and has taken to teaching easily, quite a relief considering everything she gave up back home. Although, I think the afternoons in the sun by the pool after school are helping…
Only time will tell if she decides to carry on teaching beyond her year contract but having jumped straight into work the day after arriving she’s yet to see outside the big city. Once she’s seen the palm tree lined roads, stunning countryside and crystal clear seaside waters I can’t imagine she’ll want to leave, who would?
As for my parents, what card do I have to play next?
They’ve been out and seen Chiang Mai, they’ve seen the island getaways they could have and now their beloved daughter is here as well, what more do you need?