Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

In Passing

“Uhm, Mom, I have to sit there” said my son as I slid into a booth in our favorite Vietnamese restaurant and prepared to order some of those tasty salad rolls with peanut sauce that we love.

“Why is that?” I ask territorially, unwilling to move.

“I like to see who’s coming in,” he states flatly.

“So do I” I argue back.

“But I’m the prosecutor,” he says with a sigh.

I move. His need trumps my preference.

He has to watch his back. It’s not one of the happier realities in life. People you “put away” don’t always stay there. And they’re not always happy to see you when they run into you in the gym, or in the Target, or in the grocery store.

My son laughs and tells stories of running into former associates, usually when you are unarmed, and vulnerable in some way. Most of the time it is OK. We’re glad he is careful.

April 9, 2007 - Posted by | Adventure, Community, Crime, Cross Cultural, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Florida, Living Conditions, Social Issues, Travel


  1. May God protect him and keep him for you inshalla.

    (This one also thinks he is a rajool muhim…LOL)

    Comment by 1001 Nights | April 9, 2007 | Reply

  2. Must be thrilling to live on some sort of an edge in life 🙂

    Comment by kinano | April 9, 2007 | Reply

  3. 1001 and Kinan – Thank you for your good thoughts. It is such a mixed blessing for me. I am so happy that he is doing GOOD work, hard work, working hard to do the right thing and protect the weak and vulnerable in society. And, as a Mom. . . sometimes I worry. I am so proud of him, though, and I honor him for his faithful service.

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 10, 2007 | Reply

  4. You got me worried there too for a minute… but God bless him and protect him inshalla

    Comment by jewaira | April 10, 2007 | Reply

  5. 1001 – My son wants you to know he does NOT think he is rajool muhim! And honestly, of course I am prejudiced, but no, really, he is very modest and very helpful. The need to watch his back is an unfortunate fact of life.

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 11, 2007 | Reply

  6. Thank you, Jewaira 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 11, 2007 | Reply

  7. lol are you sure he isnt in the mob?

    i’m pretty sure there was a bit in the godfather where he sits at the back in a corner to make sure no one can creep up behind.

    then again i do that too 😛

    Comment by sknkwrkz | April 11, 2007 | Reply

  8. Of course it is habeebty, I was just joking around 🙂

    Comment by 1001 Nights | April 11, 2007 | Reply

  9. Hey Skunk! Yep, I am very sure.

    1001 – I knew you were joking . . . and now he knows, too! 🙂 How is Shareefa?

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 11, 2007 | Reply

  10. LOL you’ll see how she’s doing in the next part inshala 😛

    Comment by 1001 Nights | April 14, 2007 | Reply

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