I opened the door and stepped out. It was a cold day and I wanted to have some sun. It feels good to have some sunrays on the shriveling winter skin.
But what do I see. The shoe rack is not as it was. It was at a haphazard angle. The shoes thrown here and there. When did that happen, I thought. Yes, a little while back, I had heard the Ethiopian girl playing in the corridor. And I had heard some noise too at that time. But had not bothered. Simply because that girl was always into some or the other mischief. Well can’t blame her actually.
She lives with her mother and some ‘aunts’. And these ‘aunts’ keep changing. I have a suspicion that they are not legally staying in Bahrain. Maybe they don’t even own their passports anymore. Illegal immigrants keep on changing houses to escape any probe. I don’t even know what profession they are into. The doorbell ringing at odd hours give me some hints. The others staying in the building avoid them. And so do they. They mingle with their own. No doubt the girl does get bored all alone without any friends.
I look here and there to see if someone is present to sympathise with me. At that time the door opens and the mother steps out.
‘What is all this’, I ask her. There is silence in the whole building and my voice echoes.
‘What’, she asks in her unique accent.
‘Your daughter was playing here some time back, it must be her work. Couldn’t she keep everything back?’, I ask.
She mumbles something.
‘I didn’t understand’, I say.
‘You don’t know English or what’, she yells.
That irritates me. ‘ I know English very well, thank you but your accent I do not understand’, I say and not wishing to hear or say anything I just keep everything back in place and leave for my walk.
Later me and my friend have a talk on Ethiopians in general. ‘Why do you mess with them. Their occupations are not known, you know they have this animal culture, just avoid them’, she advice.
I do follow her advice.
Some days later I am putting the clothes to dry in the terrace. Something happens and I faint.
Sometimes later I come to consciousness to find myself in the lap of one of the roommates of my neighbour. ‘Are you alright?’, she asks me.
I nod. She makes me sit in the shade while she puts my clothes to dry.
Then she helps me get up. Leads me to my flat. Makes me comfortable and asks if I need anything. I mumble a no. Then she leaves.
Later when she meets my husband, she narrates everything and asks him to take care.
So often we brand people according to their nationality or their work and so often we forget to see our own deficiencies.
Disclaimer: this post is not intended to hurt any one by their nationality, profession, looks, creed etc. It is just meant to show my own shortcomings.