We are always aware of the impression we are leaving on the community. They watch our every move and comment on most of them. The subtleties are even more evident with the kids, who repeat everything you say, revealing the words you use most often: “one minute,” “outside,” and “See you tomorrow!” We also often say, “No fighting!” because that is a rule: no fighting at our house, inside or out.
Last week there was a domestic dispute the community. The next day, Pyo Pyo told us they were in their house and unavoidably listening to it, while her four-year-old Pyint Soe kept repeating: “No fighting! No fighting!”
She was laughing that the only English he uses is “OK” and “no fighting!” At least we’re creating little peace makers in the neighborhood!