It was so kind of you to think of me when you
knew about the job that would soon be becoming vacant in your
Company. Thanks for writing to tell me about it and for speaking
to your boss about it. I am very grateful to you, indeed.
In fact, your kindness makes me feel quite bad about saying
this but I'm afraid that there's no way that I could take up
this job. I have thought a great deal about it, trying to see a
way to do it. But, finally, I realized that it was impossible.
You see, my main consideration will always have to be for my
mother ( who I love all the more for being adoptive rather than
natural ). She is old and disabled and needs someone to look
after her. No doubt we have relatives but it's not the same.
And, she will find it very difficult to move with me into a tiny
flat ( for that's all I could possibly afford ) In Kuala Lumpur.
Here, she has all her old friends and her vegetable garden and
fruits ( which I look after actually ) to look at. She tells me
to leave her behind but, would you if you were me ?
I know that I have often told you of my dissatisfaction with
my present job. However, the conditions are tolerable and the
pay, while being no fortune, is adequate to keep us living. We
are, of course, helped by my married brothers, who send us
something every month or so.
I wish I could accept your boss's job-offer. i would so have
liked to have a job with some prospects of promotion and
providing some kind of challenge. But, as you can see, I have no
choice. So I must stay here for the time being. I'm sorry. And,
I'm very touched and
grateful for all you did.