I came home yesterday evening to find a small crowd in our little living room. YK's friends came over again to watch movies and simply chill out before school starts next month. Half a dozen gangly teenagers in a small apartment can make one feel rather claustrophobic, so it gave me a good excuse to go out for a run, my first run after a 2-month hiatus! I marked my running calendar gleefully when I got home.
With that, I hope to kickstart my training again. My neighbour has promised to show me the running route to the reservoir this Saturday morning. The only trouble is, my knees have started hurting from yesterday's short run. It's a niggling problem that I have to live with as long as I'm running.
I'm meeting an old friend for coffee today. For some reason, I receive more phone calls from long lost friends and acquaintances in the month of January. I suspect "I resolve to keep in touch with old friends" is on everyone's list.
Don't get me wrong. I'm always happy to hear from old friends but sometimes getting unwanted attention can be so annoying. Remember the Chinese contractor who did our wooden floor months ago? I treated him with kindness and respect when he was working in our apartment. Well, all I did was buy him a packet of food for dinner and send him home since I was meeting CH in the vicinity that evening. He was touched and wanted to treat me to dinner one day. Out of courtesy, I said "Thanks. We'll see."
Then the phone calls kept coming. It's hard to understand his thick accent, so I'm mostly saying "Huh? Sorry I can't understand you. Can you say it again?"
Yet, he doesn't give up. He calls me to ask when I can go for 'hotpot' dinner with him. I don't mind being friendly but he sounds too smitten. I've turned down his invitations many times, citing I'm busy with the kids and family. He called while I was driving home yesterday and I told a white lie. "I really can't go. My husband will be upset. Hope you understand."
It's not in my nature to be mean to anyone. He's a nice person and probably he just wants to repay my kindness but still, I must know when to draw the line.