the rains came down a bit heavy for a short while and ended up in soft showers. i thought it was just ending so i dashed out to 'Western Union Money Transfer' office. i did enjoy the drops of rain on my skin as i made my way to the place. it was nice!
so i approach the office and i realised the place was rather familiarly dark (and dark places that should rather be lit have become familiar these days in Ghana like always thanks to ECG!) with all the people present on their feet. two women seemed focused on anything but their job behind the counter.
before the counter but only about 3 steps away were two others. one, a gentleman in blue jeans who leaned in one corner as if he waited for just the last drop of rain to make his way out! the other was a lady who rather wore a desperate face and i could have just taken cue from her like those unspoken notices and just make my way back. nobody talked. the body languages were very clear. but i got closer to the only computer on the counter and i did not hear it hum! enough warning now???
well, where i came from there was enough electrical power, so why not ask questions. i proceed without prompting!
looking from one face to another, i put the question to one of the ladies behind the counter. "Madam, are you closed?" and i did it with a mischievous smile because i knew it was just some minutes past 4pm! Madam is busy packing somethings into her bag so i repeat the question. "Madam, have you closed for the day???"
Now Madam looks me up in the face but turns her eyes back to her bag before answering. and as she raised her head i saw the evidence of her private and likely nocturnal encounters with a male counterpart. and the thing about the general attitude of pregnant women which i don't buy came to mind!
"There's no light." Madam said. ok i had already seen the signs alright! but that was no answer to my question. so i quickly modify (not change!) the question. "When do you close???" Madam woman looks at me again and i 'jolt' within with a feeling of a smile broadening on my face because i was glad that she was engaging with a fellow man in private. that's always a good affair.
and Madam answered: "I'm leaving, there's no light."
"oh ok!" i said. and my mischief jumps to the fore of me with my smile still widening. "so you are leaving but you have not closed, okayeeeeeee!" the eeeeeee sound makes a piecing one! and don't i just annoy now??? she's looking at me now and i'm looking back at her and i'm smiling. she didn't smile some but she didn't frown either.
Madam shoots back: "it's 4.30, i close at 4.30, i'm leaving!"
and i dared stepped on the toe of the other lady behind the counter with that uninvited statement of mine! and she would probably have given me a slap if she had the effrontery! the best way to defend is to attack they say right??? this lady might have taken this tactical saying rather extra seriously!
so she comes right at me with a fierce force spewing out words like they just did not weight just the way i love drama: "gentleman, we have closed! we don't have light so we can't work. if we don't have light we don't work. how do you expect us to work if we don't have light???"
she took my attention like i had no choice! i gave it (yes it!) to her but i did not add the smile for strategic reasons! i listened to her.
now i don't know whether she wanted me to become her interviewee??? but before i could decide whether to answer or what answer at all to give she threw more verbal rockets!
"do you understand???" she demanded!
and i looked at no one but this second lady behind the counter! and aaaaahhhh, now my time to 'talk som' (more)!
"oh, i actually asked specific questions for which i got specific answers and i'm ok with the answers. so ehmmm, thank you very much madammmmmmmmmmmm!!!"
i threw that at her with an unending mmmmmmmmm sound that i'm sure will echo and reecho in her ears for her listening pleasure!!!
now i turned my attention to my more accommodating and dear pregnant and 'leaving-woman'. i bowed my regards. she acknowledged and i left feeling all the joy in me! walking back in the rain; the showers increased and i couldn't help but just spread out my arms into wings to savour the the drenching that came as i made my way back!
pal, i just enjoy pulling out the nonsense in folks! makes the world even more beautiful!!!
have a nice weekend!