Thai Village Life – Windows, Geckos and the Soles of My Feet
Whenever I stay at our village house in Udon Thani Province I try to occupy part of my day by helping out Wonderful Wi with a few of the household chores. Nothing too strenuous, just bits here and there to ease Wi’s workload.
Each day I make our bed and tidy the bedroom, sweep clean the living room and inside kitchen floors as well as washing any dirty dishes, pots, cutlery and glasses that have accumulated in the house. Sometimes I’ll help to water the garden and I do also try to clean all the house windows during my short-term visits. And it’s those windows which have led me to writing this post.
The windows pick up a lot of dirt, especially the front ones which face a red dirt road whose steady traffic of pick ups, motorcycles, buffaloes and occasional large trucks, kick up clouds of red dust which inevitably makes it way onto the windows and everywhere else. It’s a grime that you don’t really notice unless you consciously seek it out.
I started on the outside, cleaning a bay of three windows by the driveway (pictured above right) and soon had the right-hand and middle ones sparkling clean. When I sponged the left-hand window I got a shock.
Are Geckos Lightning Quick?
How the hell did this happen? …. there were two dead and decomposed house geckos trapped between the window frame. I always thought geckos were lightning quick, obviously not. Have any of you seen this type of thing before?… I certainly hadn’t and the sight of the decaying geckos put me right off my window cleaning duties. Is yucky an actual word? With that in mind, I headed off to relax in the garden.
This was more like it. Windows 7, Cheers Beer, cigarettes, my favourite music CD’s and a great view through the soles of my feet. There’s also always plenty of passing traffic to throw my empty beer cans at.
Geckos really are very useful little creatures and if you’ll allow me to misuse and abuse an idiom or two…. Once in a blue moon, if you kill two geckos with one stone, don’t sit on the fence, because if you fall, a beer in the garden is worth two in the bush.
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