Everything, whether good or bad, has to come to an end at some point, even vacations. So yes, the weeks have flown by faster than I could stuff them full of things to do and people to see and no matter how much denial I might be in, it’s time to start packing my bags again.
Always the forgetful procrastinator though, it obviously occurred to me a little late in the day that maybe I should have blogged more about my visit to Lahore and everything I did here. Never fear though dear readers, the very thing that led to this dilemma has provided the solution! What is that you ask? My procrastination of course.
A little while back, the Cute Crafty Toad had nominated me for the Five Photo Five Story Challenge, and I never got around to doing it. Now it offers the perfect opportunity to highlight my last few days in Pakistan before flying back to the U.S. The rules are simple:
1. Post a photo each day for five consecutive days.
2. Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph – it is entirely up to you.
3. At the end of each day, nominate one other blogger to take part.
So here is day 1 of the challenge:
If The Key Fits
There are many ways in which life in Pakistan is different from life in USA: the heat, the scheduled power outages several times a day, the threat of violence at any given moment, corruption masquerading as democracy, domestis staff as the norm rather than a luxury, and so on and so on. And even though that last one may seem like a positive thing, don’t be fooled dear readers. Though it may seem like a good thing that every house has a cook, a gardener and several maids, it’s not that simple. After living with and without domestic staff, I can safely say that I would much rather do everything myself than have to put myself through the stress of finding, vetting, training and than managing to hold on to people who may or may not be worth the effort. Case in point: the huge keychain above that I carry around at all times because every bedroom door and drawer has a lock on it so we don’t get robbed by the help (again). Yes, not every maid is a thief, but (in Pakistan at least) the fact remains that too many are so its a case of better safe than sorry.
On the plus side, I always have a jangly toy handy for Lilly if she gets bored.
For the first day of the challenge I nominate the always entertaining K from Thoughts of My Mad Life.