Stuff You Only See In the Movies
While many Thai wives are victims of domestic violence, not many of them have axe-wielding husbands. I cannot remember the exact date, but about seven or eight months ago my wife’s Dad started drinking a lot of cheap Thai whiskey almost daily. He had behaved himself for about a year but had recently started going off the rails again.
One Saturday morning I heard bottles getting smashed in the garden, well if you can call it a garden. It used to be a nice garden with a big lawn where the kids could run around but that all changed once our guests moved in. Today the place looks absolutely terrible. Anyway, I went to the window to see what was going on, and there was father-in-law smashing empty beer bottles and whiskey bottles in a fit of drunken rage.
After smashing several bottles he had a change of mind, and subsequently picked up a large piece of bamboo. I instantly made a decision to take him down if he started hitting the windows or etc. However, I soon realized that he was now looking for his wife who by this point had locked herself in her room.
I’m sure most LOVING Thai wives would not want their children to witness this sort of behaviour, and neither do I. It is definitely NOT the sort of environment good parents want their kids to grow up in.
I told the kids to come with me because I don’t want them to have to go through all this. Just as we were leaving, my father-in-law saw me and very calmly asked me if I had seen my mother-in-law. By the way, he had thrown away his bamboo stick, and now he had his axe instead. Anyway, I told him that I last saw her walking towards the nearby shop. This prompted him to get on his bicycle and to go and look for her. It also allowed me time to convince my mother-in-law to get out of the house as quickly as possible. It is the ONLY time I have ever seen my mother-in-law running as fast as she could down the road to one of her friends.
Of course, the next day everything was forgotten, and in fact, when I tried to bring it up she defended him by saying that he was only like that because he was drunk. The fact that she could have died was forgotten and I was still the number one bad boy in the house.
Violence Moves Closer
Just a few weeks ago (January 2016) he was drunk again, but admittedly not as drunk as he so often gets. Our oldest daughter (9) and our youngest daughter (5) were having a bit of an argument. I was on the toilet when I heard him shouting at them, and then I heard a glass smash by our front door. He had thrown a glass at my oldest daughter but he missed and he started to run after her, threatening to punch her. Just at that moment he heard me coming out of the toilet and he was gone from sight.
My oldest daughter was in her Mom’s room shaking with fear, while our youngest daughter was hiding behind the door in my room, also whimpering and shaking with fear. I was afraid I would do something I would later regret, and I was in no condition to talk so I simply took the kids and we went to the beach together.
I honestly cannot understand or believe how my wife is willing to let our kids grow up in this type of environment. I mean, apart from what’s been discussed in this story, they also regularly see him getting sick in the garden after too much whiskey. They’ve even stood right next to him and actually watched him peeing in his pants. He was so drunk that he couldn’t get up, and he was completely unaware of us looking at him.
Oh well, I guess I’ll end off now, and hopefully if you have read this all the way through you will think twice before allowing your extended family to move in with you. Many Thai wives don’t want their families to move in, and my wife always felt the same way about it but now they have moved in, and as a result my kids and I are suffering.