I am very much a Daddy’s Girl. My dad has never been able to say no to any of my requests, but at the same time, I can never say no to anything my dad asks of me.
Growing up in a traditional Taiwanese family, it is very easy to be second best considering I am not their first-born son. However, my dad never treated me like a second-rate daughter – everything he gave to my older brother, he made sure I had something of equal value. Also, he would never get mad at me for doing something wrong; it was always my mother who doled out all my punishments. In his eyes, I was like a perfect daughter, and I love him so very much.
To this day, my father still treats me like I’m 15 years old sometimes, and when I’m around him, I still act like I’m a teenager. Whenever I go back to Taiwan, I stay at my parent’s apartment. My dad drives me around, picks me up when I go to meet my friends, and gives me money and a cell phone. It’s also adorable when my father books accommodation for me when I’m traveling with Husband – he always books two twin beds, because god forbid we sleep in the same bed!
This is how I end up with my parents visiting NY at an inopportune time. In my previous post, you’re probably aware that my parents intend to visit me in the upcoming months to see our new apartment, and I informed him that September would be a better time to visit, and that we would only have a pull-out couch in the guest room to accommodate them.
My crazy Ma decided to call me to ‘gotiate’:
Me: So – I hear you guys are coming to visit!
Ma: Yes Meimei. We stay with you?
Me: Dad said that he wanted to stay at a ‘really expensive hotel’ since we only have a pull-out couch in the guest room.
Ma: WHAT? You no even have a bed for us?
Me: Dude, the guest room is Husband’s study, what are we going to do with a bed in there?
Ma: Why you no have bed? You should have TWO beds! (My parents have been sleeping in separate rooms for years – it’s not a bad idea when you think about it!)
Me: Ma. Seriously, if we don’t have room for let alone one bed, why would we get TWO beds?
Ma: Where we sleep? You get bed. What if Husband’s parents come visit? You make them sleep on pull-out?
Me: Sigh – yes Ma, Husband’s parents are NORMAL. They are not crazy like you.
Ma: Meimei, I no like this.
So, in an effort to please my parents, we are moving our current queen sized bed into the guest room in the new apartment to accommodate them. Oh, but it gets better.
My father sends me a follow-up email saying that September isn’t an ideal time for them to visit, would mid to late August work for us?
I replied and informed him that mid to late August would be fine, we may not have all the furniture that is on backorder in yet, but there is a high likelihood that it’ll be in there. He was fine with that, and I told him to keep me updated in regards to his arrival dates.
Also, the bed that Husband and I have ordered for ourselves would probably arrive mid August, so we can definitely give them our current bed by that time, so I was fine with mid to late August.
I get an email back from dad the next day saying that they’ve booked all their tickets, and will be arriving August 7th. How is the seventh mid to late August?
Like I said, I can never say no to my father. Bring on sleeping on an air mattress!
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