Monday, June 02, 2008

Old home

old house2, originally uploaded by c_p_lew.

I don't know the people who live in this house but I can imagine the inside and the life that goes on inside. Three or even four generations live her, with grandmother spending most of her time in the house, cooking or resting, maybe going outside to talk to the neighbors. And taking care of the younger children.

She probably has several children and their families in the house. It's about half and half whether a newly married couple with stay with the husband's family or the wife's family - depends how crowded the house is and which household needs more labor. Each family lives in one bedroom in the house, the younger children sleeping with the parents, the older children sleeping in the living room area, all the cousins sleeping in one bed under a mosquito net.

There's always someone in the house, so if a guest comes over, they can entertain the person. And to protect the house.

Many houses are further off the ground, so you can walk under them. In the hot season, the underside of the house is cool and the old people either sit on a mat, chewing betel and passing the time, or resting in a hammock.

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