An Exciting Future, February 4, 2015
“What and deny my friends and family a wedding and a party? What about face? What will people think?.” She paused as she remembered Goong’s words. “Well, no and yes. We must talk about this. Have you thought about how much you will give me to marry you?”
“What? You expect me to pay you to marry me?”
“It is normal in Thailand, but not pay to marry. Sin sod. I don’t know the English. You must give me and my mother money. It is traditional. You don’t have in the UK?”
“I’ll pay you the same as you pay me. Nothing. Oh, wait a moment… You mean ‘dowry’. In the UK the father of the wife used to pay the man to marry his daughter and he would also pay for the wedding party.”
“Oh, no! In Thailand the future husband must give the girl gold and the girl’s mother money. How much will you give for me? I am beautiful, not too old and will take care of you all my life. 250,000 Baht is cheap, neh?” (end of quote)
Fabulous dialogue, deliciously delightful, as the two people discuss what can only be rightfully called, at this point, “An Exciting Future”. I draw particular attention to the latter dialogue between Lek and Craig because it brings back fond memories of my own marriage, in which my beautiful Chilean wife “jumped the broom”, and I danced the Chilean national dance, “La Cueca”.
Let me sum up this book in three words: An Exciting Future. This story is all about a moment, frozen in time, in which the future is full of promise, full of possibility, and it stretches out its hand and whispers your name softly and gently under a moonlit night. Grab a copy of this beautiful book. You are in for an enormously exquisite treat of unimaginable ecstasy. I recommend this delightful book to young and old most enthusiastically.