As many of you may already know, many years of my past work life were spent as a janitor. Being a janitor has many perks, but like any other job, it also
has its less luxurious downfalls. All my years of late night cleaning were shared with my family! (I think it is fair to say it was a perk and negative combo) For a certain span of time it was only my parents, one of my older sisters and myself taking care of the contracts. I handled the floors, as my sister Amber so humbly accepted toilet duty….. under one condition! Basically if she had to see gross things, “I” had to see them also! This tradition may have refined me to a certain extent, but it may have deeply scarred me as well. Why all this background information??? Because, when Abby yells out to me while looking out our apartment window the words ,”Sarah you have to see this!…..There is a guy pooping across the street!” And the very first thing I say is, “Where’s my camera???”…. I wonder how I could possibly have allowed myself to get to such a point!!!! Basically I blame people in general who misuse public restrooms…… and Amber who subjected me to the horrors of life in a public restroom by making the viewing of such things, an EVENT!
I probably paint a scary picture of what Cambodia is really like. ( And possibly my childhood as well.) I do look for the beauty though, and it is to be found even in the center of this crazy city! There are many exotic fruits and veggies here. Even a few brightly flowered trees and unique artwork scattered throughout the neighbourhoods. I must say the wildlife too is epic! Recently while I was at the gym admiring the mango tree just outside the window and literally thinking of hidden beauty, a rat fell across one of the branches and made its way down the tree. After I regained my composure, he came back for a second sighting! So yeah……beauty!! Speaking of beauty, imagine how awesome we must have looked using a cross- trainer and then suddenly throwing a rat into the scenario! (Abby isn’t exactly known for coordination.) I named him “Matthew Crawley” by the way. I figured if Downton Abbey thinks they can get rid of their Matthew so suddenly, maybe a swift departure will soon befall mine!
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