"Free" stuff was a no-no
As I mentioned before, people in my generation and those before regarded “free” stuff as a no-no, for it's simply deception. Therefore,
any product offered free of charge was perceived as a bad product, not to mention those people operating behind it, as well. As the
world revolves, however, we evolve. I saw my parents' business and its marketing start as a home party plan. Back then, the hostess
(home party plans were rarely hosted by men) had to work for their gifts. They hosted gatherings and invited family members and
friends, so that you (as a product representative) could have a "party" and get them to like you (by playing games) and demonstrate
your products, in the hope that you would find new recruits, receive more bookings, and generate greater sales. My first summer job
took place when I was twelve when I was a Tupperware representative (they were first called dealers). What a summer it was! It was
the first time I earned money by trading in hard work! It may have been my parents' way of teaching me that nothing was free, and
that there was often a fair trade.
I used to wonder whether I was loved unconditionally, but I soon realized that, even though the words were unspoken, my parents were
hoping that I would love them back. Most Thais (at least back when I was growing up) helped out family members. It was in our
culture that our parents would take care of us when we were young, and therefore, when they are in their old ages, it would be our turn
to take care of them. As strange as this may sound, the term "free," as in "there's no such thing," can very well be applied in this
situation. It's not enough just to pay it forward, we also have to pay it back.