When I woke up in the morning of first December, the snow blanketed everything. I saw my brother-in-law, John, shoveled the snow from the driveway. It’s better this way because the freezing rain would hit soon and it would be very difficult to shovel then – imagine you have to shovel the ice block. *smile* After he finished shoveling he went out to do grocery shopping.
Today’s very cold, so we canceled our family lunch out. Thea’s having a runny nose and looked a bit cranky… although she’s still having a good appetite. Thus, after I checked my storage and took some winter essentials (coats, boots, gloves, shawl, sweater, wool pants), John and I immediately returned to picked up my mom from the house and went to Promenade.
Right after we arrived at Promenade we bought our lunch boxes from T&T Supermarket. Oh, I love this place. It’s nice to see all the ready-to-go meals, a feast for the eyes. *smile* I had my Japanese bento and my mom opted for noodle with dimsum and BBQ chicken. We walked around the mall and did some shopping after we completed our lunch. The mall was packed. I bet many people are shopping for Christmas gifts. I couldn’t find anything that I like for my nieces.
After about two hours our legs felt a bit tired. We found a sitting table with four chairs and then sat down. I bought French vanilla cappuccino and blueberry muffin from Tim Horton for us. I didn’t feel like shopping but my mom wanted to look around. So, I thought I’d read my book and waited for her here.
Around me there were a lot of seniors having their regular meetings. They’re having a good time. I saw a very old lady – with all that wrinkles – that donned an attire, make-up, and hair-do suitable for a late-night party. *smile* While I was enjoying my reading, an old lady on my right said ‘excuse me’ and started to lecture me. Want to know what she lectured me about? She adamantly said that I occupied too many spaces – I sat by myself and yet two other chairs were full with my shopping things. (Mind you at that time a man sat in front of me without even asking!) She said I should be more considerate and not putting my stuffs like that, so other people could sit. Oh, man, this old lady really needed some ‘education’! First of all, she and her friends occupied the rest of the tables in that area. They’re just sitting there, having conversation, and most of them didn’t even buy any drinks or food. You tell me, lady, about being considerate!
Then, I told her, “I believe you saw that I sat here with my mom before. My mom will be back and she needs a place to sit, don’t you think? If you or your friends really need a place to sit you can always ask.” The man in front of me looked uncomfortable when I said it and this old lady was still grumbling. I just didn’t care.
A Filipino woman then approached the seat in front of me and asking if she could sit there. Of course, you could. We chatted for a couple of minutes and then she went to meet her friends. Soon after, the same old lady said ‘excuse me’ and started to remind me of my inconsideration. I’d like to ignore her but deep in my heart I felt that it’s not good. I packed my things together and pooled them on the seat in front of me and on the table, left two chairs vacant for ‘old lady occupation’. Then I said, “Ma’am, now that I’ve cleaned my stuffs from these two chairs, you can usher anybody to sit on these chairs.” Before she could respond, a mother and daughter asking me if they can sit there. I immediately said, “Yes, you can.” I laughed loudly, in my heart. Later, I heard her husband ‘lecture’ her about it. My dear old lady, don’t be so uptight! *smile*
I told my mom about this incident when she returned from her shopping. She laughed and said ‘dasar nenek-nenek’. I then took my turn to go around the mall. (My sister called me that she and Thea were not feeling well, and they wouldn’t be able to go to the church today and instead John would drop me and my mom to the church.) We waited for the pick-up at the gate near Congee Wong Restaurant – the winter wind blew in inside. Brrrrrrr!!!