The older of my two sisters,Zamora, called me around midnight to ask me for a ride home from a lime she attended. NOTE: I live in Diego Martin. She lives in Arouca. The party was in IndianBay, Chaguaramas. Obviosuly I running a taxi service!!
Seeing that it is my sister, I had no problems climbing out of my bed and picking her up. The first question on my mind wasIndianBay?? Why the hell is she atIndianBay? Who the hell does she know that will be so classless to hold a birthday party there? Of course the answers that came to me cannot be written here for fear of being called some measure of a racist. Nuff Said!!!
I drive down and survey the scene on parking:
– My sister talking with two rather large individuals aka the TWO TENORS
– There are two guys sitting together chatting under a whisper (suspicious)
– A fat guy in the distance is fanning himself with a piece of card board
– Food is all over the place
Deduction: Hmm guess there really was a party here.
My sister spots me but she continues to chat with the two tenors while i just find the environment in which my car is parked is not ideal. She then comes over like 5 minutes later with one of the guys that I saw chatting whose actions I found looked a bit suspicious. She introduces him as Richard and he extends his hand for shaking. I am a bit apprehensive to touch his hand but in every circumstance, the driver is an intimidating character until you ascertain how friendly they are. She then asks me if I can drop a friend home in Barataria ( i assumed it was this Richard guy) to which i nodded. Lo and behold the “Fanning Fat Guy” appears and apparently he is the one receiving the ride. I cringe slightly at the weight in the back of my car but realise that I am just being a mean ole fart for thinking such things. It is only when he sits in the back and i get a whiff of “sweat a la Fat Guy” that i realise why he was fanning so furiously before. (All Car Windows are immediately rolled down, Aircondition is turned off).
This Richard guy then escorts my sister to her seat and stands there for a while chatting while i am thinking that i need to sleep. (Didn’t they have time before to chat? If he wasn’t talking with the other guy then this conversation would not have been necessary.) Hmmmp!!!!
Well we drop off FFG in Barataria and as soon as we hit the highway I begin the interrogation:
———————–Start of Conversation————–
ME: Was that a UWI Lime? (My little sis is going to be a 2nd Year UWI student come September)
Zamora: No, it wasn’t. It was a…..well……
Me: Don’t tell me you met these people online or something?
Zamora: No. Nah not at all. The guy who you shook hands with is kinda my boyfriend.
ME (Internally): Lord Jesus my little sister have a man! She is not ready!!
ME (open voice): What do you mean kinda? Either he is or he isn’t.
Zamora: Well, he is.
ME (Internally): Strength Lord. Give me Strength
Zamora:Yeah today was his birthday and his mom threw this party for him atIndianBay. It was really cool
ME (Internally): OK
ME: So you know I have to find out more information. What does he do?
Zamora: Sigh…. He works…
Zamora: (Deep Breath then exhale) He works at Hi-Lo West Mall
ME (Internally): Lord She dating someone who packs groceries!!!.
ME: Don’t tell me he packs groceries?
Zamora: Yeah he does that but he also does other stuff like sometimes he is a cashier etc.
ME (Internally): Headache Headache Headache
ME: OK that’s cool (PAUSE). (Place AD HERE) So how long have you two been dating?
Zamora: About two weeks
ME: Where do you know him from? Who introduced you to him? Does he know Jesus as His Lord and Personal Saviour?
Zamora: (Deep Breath and Exhale) Sigh…..I knew him from when i attended St. James Secondary and a friend from UWI reintroduced us a while back and we have been chatting since. Yes he knows Jesus.
ME: Of course, everyone knows Jesus but are they close?
Zamora: No Not Really
Zamora: He meets me after work and drops me home to Arouca despite the fact that he lives in Cocorite.
ME (Internally): I can’t have my sister dating a Hi-Lo packer!! This must end. She can do better. She is a UWI student dating someone who couldn’t find a decent job. WHY Lord WHY??
Zamora: Things are tight at his home and he can’t afford to do the things he liked to do, like a course in Computer Graphics and animation. He works really hard.
ME: Well if he makes you happy then by all means be happy. The minute he starts stressing you out. Call Me
At this point she was going to say something and then she leans over and tries to hug me. I quickly remind her of the “No Touching Stefan” rule.
Me: I say have fun. You are young but I know you have a good head on your shoulders.
Zamora: Yeah let me have my fun
ME (Internally): She better not be talking about sex. NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
————————End Of Conversation—————-
This little conversation made me realise two things:
1. I am too snobbish for my own good
2. I should take lessons from my sister and taking chances on people.
Too many times I dismiss women for one reason or another as being totally unsuitable. If I am not discriminating based upon educational Levels, I am doing it based upon weight or the woman’s propensity to beat my ass up should I fall out of line. Granted some of the women I have dated have been a bit mentally unstable, that however doesn’t dispute the fact that I have never given any of them a chance to grow with me or for me to see another side of them. I seem to run away faster than Asafa Powell at a 100m race. I need to stop doing that.
Other than that, i seem to want to keep my sister at the age where I remember having to take her to Ballet lessons every Wednesday. My wake-up call was tonight when i realised for the first time that she is grown up. She is 20 and such a beautiful woman but no one else is supposed to notice that. (Or do they?)
Anyways, I dropped her off, got the necessary information on the boyfriend and will google him later to find out if he has left traces of himself on the internet. No longer do i assume that a Bagpacker will not know how to surf the web. We are living in some truly progressive times and there are internet cafes all over the place. Other than googling him, will see if i can pick up anything otherwise. Actually I should just leave well enough alone and get a life.
I will just google him. That won’t hurt anyone. (Good Compromise Stefan!!)
Is this the little girl I carried?
Is this the little boy at play?
I don’t remember growing older
When did they?
When did she get to be a beauty?
When did he get to be so tall?
Wasn’t it yesterday
When they were small?
Swiftly flow the days
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers
Blossoming even as we gaze
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears