As this long, busy and tiring day comes to an end and I lay on my bed recalling my day. A small incident has left me perplexed……… perplexed because I am still unable to decide whether to laugh at it or feel sorry for the state of some people.
Weekend…….Dolmen Mall……Tariq road…….Evening time……..Food court……. There is one common aspect “the CROWD”…… yes we all have experienced the huge crowd at the food court before and during Ramadan especially. But what makes the situation more difficult is the non coperative attitude of the people.
So it all started when after shopping half of the things, me and my sister had to go to the food court area of the mall to freshen up and not to mention it was insanely crowded with many people standing and waiting for table & sitting place with their families.
Well we had no intention of staying there for long as we had to go back and resume our shopping task first. So I just took a round and stood little away from the sitting area while waiting for my sister to come.
Waiting can be a boring task that too when you don’t have anything else to do and in a rush to go back to what you were doing. I was just standing there bored and looking at the crowd and the people, contemplating that whether I have made the right choice by coming here today or not. I was just randomly observing the whole situation, crowd and could see many people including the elderly, worried to find a place to sit…… Well it is totally normal there on specific days so not a big deal but then suddenly what grabbed my attention was the lady who was sitting nearby with his 8 or 9 years old son on a table for 6, As i was waiting for my sister at a certain distance from her table I could hear what she was saying (not that i wanted to hear😉)
The interesting part was that she looked around the table and suddenly her expressions changed from being calm and busy in eating to being worried then she immediately asked her son who was sitting beside her to go and sit on the other side of the table. The son obliged and went there and sat with his head down. Following that without wasting another minute she picked up her purse from the table and put it on one chair and the one shopping bag on another chair on the front and then looked at the other two chairs with disappointment as she ran out of both things and people to occupy more chairs. 😂
I realised few minutes later that she took me as a threat to “her chairs” 😂 . I didn’t give it much thought at that time as it is very common behavior and I thought she might have other members who might join her. Unfortunately my sister took a lot of time and i had to stand there and witness the irony that it was really just the lady with her son.
Just wondering what anyone could do with the extra chairs when there was no extra table available🤔
(Only if she had given it a thought)
Well that is a very common mindset in our society, even if we don’t have to use chair we never like to share extra chair with anyone at all ( well okay some of us may be) 😉
I controlled myself as not to laugh out loud after looking at the level of worry on her face because the two extra chairs were still vulnerable to attack from strangers. what if someone actually took them and she couldn’t save them from other people….? Will she be able to live with the guilt of letting go of an extra chair? May be not.! It was too much for her.
She was still trying to recover from that traumatic thought of losing the extra chair when to make things more difficult her son asked her permission so he can go and order fries for himself.
Her reply ( to impart some wisdom to her son)
Betaa koiii le legaa chair….
Son: (laughing) Ammi koi nhe lega
Mother: ( speaking a bit slowly ) Beta mai keh rai hoon naa abi nhe utho, koi le jaega chair
Son: Ammi aise thorai lega koi apse poochyga na phly.
(Ammi speechless but disappointed finally agreed, gave money to her son and he left.)
Well you can imagine what she must be going through now. Before it was 2 people and 6 chairs and now she alone had to save all of the others. Ufff the torture she had to go through. It was visible on her face. 😂
I don’t know why but by this time when she was looking here and there ( k kaheen koi chair na le jae). I couldn’t control laughing and she also noticed that. Finally her son came back with fries they finished their meal and were about to leave and yes she was successful in safeguarding the chairs from attack 😂
Meanwhile I checked upon my sister and FINALLY after 5-10 more minutes she came and we left. Well i did ask my sis that what took her so long. Obviously similar queues and people with same attitudes were there too. Haha soo no wonder everyone else had to wait longer.
Is it that kids who don’t like to share lunch at school grow up to be people who dont share extra chairs with others.????
Hmmmm there might be SOME link 🙈🙉🙊
Well on a serious note.
Dear people you don’t own chairs at public places. Those Do Not come under your will that you keep with your lawyer.
Go easy breezy, If you don’t need it, Let others have it. There might be an old/elderly person waiting too or any one who really needed a seat at that particular moment. So just chill.
And it would be much better if everyone will show same level of ” that’s mine” attitude when it comes to keeping your country clean, not throwing garbage and spitting publicly… unfortunately at that time we act like nothing is ours……. Bitter truth!
Act Responsibly and keep an open mind.😎