cabin fever causes me to air a cross-cultural peeve

Duty calls—D’s mum can’t really walk, especially not up and down the stairs. So we hang out here. Cooking and cleaning. Getting the door for guests and physical therapists. Waiting for deliveries and handymen (this old house can’t fix itself).

And Bahamians show up when they show up. There is a different concept of time and directness. When some locals says they will be here at noon, you can’t really bank on either being true. And some Bahamians will say yes to every request, only to ignore that same request if they can’t to do it. They just can’t tell you no to your face or even over the phone. Some call it cultural, but even I am annoyed. As a (sometimes) passive aggressive Asian (our culture can be indirect too!), I am grudgingly handing over the title of “Just Saying Yes to Make You Go Away” to the people who are making us wait for HOURS.

I end up taking pictures at home to pass the time.



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