Sunday, January 2, 2011
Up on the Rooftop
As in "reindeer pause, down comes good ole' Santa Claus"? Well, a little. More like "the nearest thing we have to a yard". We've been spending more and more time up on the roof lately since the weather is nice and cool (60s) in the evenings. Ceiba can ride her tricycle, while we sit in lawn roof chairs in the breeze. The gardener keeps a nice vegetable garden in pots in between the papaya trees. It just feels "normal" to watch Chris with a beer & a pair of BBQ tongs.
Well, while Ceiba and I had breakfast on Thursday, I noticed the trees outside the livingroom start to sway. I was sickened to see the workers next door sawing away and axing off limbs. I walked down stairs with no hope really, but an effort to change their minds. "Sorry madam" was the reply to my sad faced, desperate attempt at pleading for our parrot neighbors' home. Every night and morning, we enjoyed the green parrots flying into the mango and pomelo trees outside our windows. We'll miss them and the greenery. Already, we notice a big difference in the view, which is now the sun reflecting off the giant, white building across the way. The sunshine is nice, but not nearly as nice as the trees. It is the north side, so hopefully won't affect us as much as had it been the south or east. The noise, however, for the duration of our time in Dhaka will not be welcomed. Especially in a few months when we are rocking a baby to sleep. Maybe it'll rain a lot? ... I should watch what I wish for.