Sunday, February 25, 2007

Harrowing - My weekend

I was on my way to the cinema to meet Daddy's Girl for a Bollywood outing when i was almost robbed at 3pm on the Falomo Bridge. It took me running into the car in front of me for the situation to be over. I managed to get to the cinema and when i found a parking spot, i pulled out my phone and began to dial. I called a few people to relate my experience and i guess to hear some words to calm me down. I will admit that the experience tilted my mood a bit. But the thing that ticked me off the most was this noisy child in the seat behind me. This child was crying and laughing and screaming and was so irritating. I didnt hear the mother trying to scold the child. I thought i was going to flip when the child invaded my personal space and actually touched me. Touched my shoulder. Then began to tap me. Like it was a game. This child did it so many times, i couldnt believe it. I turned to Daddy's Girl and told her i couldnt believe this random child was touching me. We had to move but the first half of the movie was spoilt for me.

After the movie, i initially had plans to stay and see another movie but i just wanted to get home before it got dark. So i dashed to order my mom's pizza and there was this mother and daughter. The daughter had to be maybe 9 -10 years old. And her mom was telling her she couldnt have soda. The little girl asked why. Her mom said the soda had calories. The girl said no. Her mom raised her voice slightly and said sugar has calories - you need to lose weight. Mother then turns to her friend standing next to her and begins to talk about how her daughter needs to lose weight. As we walked away, i again turned to Daddy's Girl and said i could not believe that. What the hell? This child is young and had just a little bit of puppy fat in her cheeks and tummy region. I thought she was cute. If your child's weight concerns you, surely it can be managed behind the scenes without doing this? I sometimes have self image issues and my parents never ever made me feel that my weight was an issue. Never. Imagine if i had grown up with my mom pointing out the caloric content of food, i would be a hot mess right now. Manage the food that comes out of the kitchen. Flavored water instead of soda. Anything. I imagine that being a mom means a lot of creativity to get your kids to do the things you want them to. That little incident just bothered me sooo much.

I drove so defensively on the way home and drove way too fast. I just wanted to park my car. I told my parents about it and a friend that came over and i got the soothing words i needed. I had a bad dream that sort of replayed the whole incident - the man with the metal object hitting my window and trying to smash my windscreen while screaming that he had acid in a clear bottle he was holding.

Just for myself, i got up before everyone else and drove for like 20 minutes and then i came home. I dont know why i did that but i just felt that i had to.

Hope you all had a good weekend.

16 comments:

azuka said...

My God! Acid?

I'm glad you pulled through it.

LondonBuki said...

Wow!!! Thank God you are ok!!!

x

Calabar Gal said...

Thank God you are OK. Such experiences can be traumatic. But its good to know you've pulled through it stronger than ever.

Mrs Somebody said...

Sorry about the trauma but I'm glad you are okay now.

Daddy's Girl said...

Oh my! Pele, didn't want to ask too many questions about what happened - he threatened you with acid? Thank God oh. He will continue to protect you.

That girl in the row behind us was such a terror - when you said 'I feel violated' about her weird little touching game, I just couldn't help laughing. Thinking about it now, I'm sure I seemed insensitive. Pele my dear.

It must have felt like a nightmare of a day! It's really crazy how people are being robbed everywhere everyday, and in broad daylight. Lord have mercy.

Nyemoni said...

I'm sorry abou that Uzo, glad that you're O.K...

Naijadude said...

Wow! scary is the word....thank goodness you are okay!

omohemi Benson said...

Acid? 3PM?
what?
Thank God your alive,safe and unharmed.

My weekend was boring.

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

Praise God you are well - and it didn't totally stop you from having a good day.

poor girl - the one her mother said she was fat - I hope it doesn't leave permanent scars.

Nomad said...

How traumatic. Thank God you are safe. May His peace and strength surround you. Your parents will not have cause to weep.

Ms. May said...

Thank God you weren't hurt. I keep hearing about this happening to people I actually know. God help us. Stay safe and hope you're feeling better.

Jaycee said...

Lolll....Uzo, I think the child liked u...

Jaycee said...

and I'm glad u weren't harmed dear...it's not ur portion...

Thank God...

Soul said...

what the hell?.
Uzo, I am really glad you are ok. I don't really have any other meaningful words.. I'm just glad you are okay.

Noni Moss said...

Oh my! I'm glad you're ok and nothing bad happened. you must ahve been pretty shaken up. To then top it with that annoying child - parents need to learn to control their children sometime.

Pele. Sending you a big hug!

Anonymous said...

same thing happened to me in january and I also had to bump into the car in front of me before the guy walked away. I was in shock cos it was 8am on a thursday morning and the dude looked like on of the recharge card sellers. Horrible experience i tell you!