the ‘oh’ moment

happy_island A trivial something happened while I was at the movies last weekend, and I feel like sharing. One of the days that preceded that movie weekend, a movie was released at the box office that interested a friend of mine so much that all he did was jabber incessantly about it. It was a movie about boxing and knockouts and WBC titles. The movie plot was a lot similar to that Mo Ali movie, the one he was some heavyweightย champion 300 times, maybe less. He died at a scheduled last fight or so.

Ofcourse I knew I couldn’t care less for the movie but I still had to be present at the request of my friend, just because. Seeing as I did not have to go through public transport or taxis, my friend was driving, i exercised liberty on my choice of attire. Oh yes.. that mini shorts was dusted and my thighs couldn’t thank me enough for their exoneration. Fancy flipflops, an oversized white t-shirt, an unneedful sling bag, and I was the ideal plus one drag along. We got the movie tickets and with about 17mins to spare, we joined the popcorn queue. An old uni classmate that spotted me and came around to say hi, got into a casual plot argument with my friend.

I wasn’t about to get popcorn because of my healthy meal diet. The popcorn was for my friend. I was going for smoothie and cheese sandwich. They had different queues. Thank God for old classmate’s social grace I could steal away unnoticed by friend, he hated being lonely on queues. I ordered my smoothie and sandwich andย they got ready about the time my friend got his popcorn. As he was paying for both I turned around to create space for the next customer, and that was when the disaster happened.

The lady ahead of my friend on the queue initially seemed like she came alone, until she requested for 4large popcorns and a pepsi just as the other counter lady asked for his order. So both their orders were received concurrently. When I was done at the smoothie corner and turned around to leave, was about the same time popcorn lady left the counter with her heavy purchase. 3popcorn bags fit her entire arm while the Pepsi and last popcorn bag were on the other hand, supported by her biceps. That’s how I collided into her and her popcorn bags fell, scattered all over the floor.

Lady’s mouth was just agape, mine too, but only briefly as I quickly put it to good use, chanting “I’m sorry.. I’m so so sorry” so so quickly. Apologies come real easily for me, plus I was really sorry. While I was at it, lady just stared at me, with a look almost implying I replace the fallen bags. During this 2mins apology chants and wicked stare, the vibe in the movie hall wasn’t affected. Everybody moved around us and went about their way. I heard my friend mutter, “woman, its just popcorn” that was when I took slow backward strides to his side and side-spoke softly to him, “she doesn’t expect me to replace her popcorn does she?” I had to let him know my thoughts because if it came to that, he was obviously the one to pay for it. Lady kept staring, the chants tired me and I looked away. I did not think there was anything else i could do really.

It was at this time Lady walked to me and said, “you’re only saying sorry, you’re not thinking of how to help”. I gave her a blank look and then uttered, “Excuse me”. She simply walked back to where the scattered popcorn bags were at, gestured at someone standing close by. That’s when I saw she couldn’t bend well, because of her slim dress, and her other full hand. Apparently, the popcorn fell only halfway out of the bags so the 3popcorn bags were still half filled and she was ready to take them that way. She was helped, she got her bags, and she walked away while shaking her head. I just had that “Oh” expression on like ๐Ÿ˜

At that moment, in my mini shorts and oversized tees and adult makeup and swag, I couldn’t help but feel so tiny and small minded:| Sigh

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40 thoughts on “the ‘oh’ moment

  1. Beautiful and interesting piece as usual. That’s what it is -it happens. We can sometimes too mortified to generate appropriate reaction to a situation.

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  2. As excepted, quite expressive. You know how to use words to create a beatiful picture. However you know saying “am sorry” without helping her is like asking for forgiveness without repentance, and God desires d latter more than d former. Just like God, she didnt ask you to pay for your INVOLUNTARY sin… If you ask me, that’s d morale of this story “Repentance”. You kinda owe her though…

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  3. Hahaha ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ It’s only the ones that directly touch the floor that go to the ancestors ๐Ÿ˜‚ What’s done is done. Hope you didn’t let it ruin your day though.

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  4. those feelings you get when you slap someone, knowing you are guilty of offense and expecting a retaliation just to hear……”may God forgive”. i guess is not different from how you felt in silence, but come to think of it, instead of shifting to go wisper how she shouldnt be expectant of pay back, you should have be down trying to pack even those littered on the floor………….just thinking aloud………..Oluchi welcome back gradually, i expect more, just ramble anything

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    1. I had no idea sef she might want to take whatever was left from the ground. I’d be embarrassed if i were her. You know… it’s already the devil’s portion and all๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ญ Lady I’m sorry! ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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    1. wait… her dress was blue. wait.. why? ๐Ÿ˜‚

      To think the lady that tripped me coulda tripped you too! ๐Ÿ˜‚Noooo she wasn’t fat and no igbo accent ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  5. I’ve been there before! My trolley bumped into a lady walking in front of me that suddenly stopped n t helped injured her foot a bit! The look she gave me like I was the one that had to make the injury disappear. But I cudnt so I apologised a 1000 times and walked away guilty for days……๐Ÿ™ˆ

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      1. Loool she couldn’t even pretend. I can’t do that. I let people off easy. Like ‘You sliced my arm off.. it’s ok.. I know you dint mean it.. I’ll get a metal hand’๐Ÿ˜ญ

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    1. I don’t wish those kind of shoes for anyone dearie. Kind of awkwardly embarassing. Like you’re late for church, and it starts raining and you forget you have an umbrella in your bag. You get to church drenched and you have to sit between dry people. When you try to bring out your Bible you see your umbrella๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ญ

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