When we returned to the house, Sidney’s grandmother was there waiting for me. Before leaving for my grandmother’s house we discussed about what to have for dinner. Well, it was more like asking me what I wanted to eat tonight and I replied with “phun pa” or fish wraps. Aunt Phone’s niece (Khek) is the one who cooks regulary for the family.
She had prepared a few pa nin to grill later for dinner. Aunt Phone called Sidney’s grandmoter (Mair Mit) and asked her to do some grocery shopping and to come by the house to see if I want to go with her. Rather than taking the motorbike I told Mair Mit that I would like to walk to the market if possible. She was more than happy to walk with me because it’s something that she does daily.
It was rather warm on that day and we took a short cut via Akat Elementary School, which sits across the street from Wattay Yai. I was walking too fast for Mair Mit and she said that I walk like a typical farang, someone with a purpose and just keep on going. Mair Mit told me that Lao Nai (Lao inside the country) can tell if you are Lao Nork (Lao from abroad) just by the way you walk. In Laos people move at a slower pace and when they pass each other they take time to greet one another. We would have moved at a slower pace but it was too warm so we bought what we needed for dinner and raced back to the house.
I invited Mair Mit for dinner and told her I would not take a “no” for an answer and that I can still remember her not eating pun pa with me in January of 2007. She told me that she can’t eat too much since she is getting ready for a few wedding receptions. It’s the time of the year when you get at least one wedding invitation per week.