Thursday, 19 February 2009

Two Old Dears and Two Lipstick Pecks...


Jacqui's comment in the previous post reminded me of an incident which happened in the hospital the week before Valentine's...


I had just finished my work and was waiting for the bus when two old ladies walked towards the place I was waiting. One of the old dears (L1) had just had treatment and was tired and wobbly, and since there was only one chair, I gave it to her. She promptly thanked me.

The other old lady, her friend, L2, was to go take the car, but this sweet thing was too worried about her friend to leave her alone. She told L1 she would go get the car and come down and walk her to it. After making L1 promise she won't walk out on her own, L2 turned to leave. But, she was clearly still worried.



Now, my bus was still about 20 minutes away, and so I told L2 if she hurried fast enough, I would take L1 to the car for her so she didn't need to come down again. They both thanked me profusely, and told me to look out for a black car...


And so Daphne looked out for a black car, while chatting with L1...She kept her hand on my arm the whole time...

Suddenly, L1 stood up and pointed to a car at the entrance, adamant her ride had reached. I looked in vain and found no black car, but L1 was already anxiously trying to get out.



I took her out anyway, and out of a dark GREEN car came L2, who could not see either me or L1 walking towards her...

I nearly choked in amusement...


The car...was...GREEN...



I wondered how L2 drove. She couldn't see us walking towards her, and she couldn't tell her own car was NOT black...It's amazing she managed to drive from half an hour away...


So how did Jacqui's comment remind me of this story? Well, before they both left, L1 beckoned to me to bend down. I thought she wanted to tell me something, but what I got was a big peck on the cheek and a hug. And then I got another peck on the other cheek from L2...

I didn't think of it any further until I got on the bus and the bus driver burst out laughing saying: "Did an old lady get ya, hon?" (The place where I live is full of old people!).


Turns out, I had two red lipstick stains on my cheeks...



Oh well...I don't even know their names, but those two pecks kept me in good spirits throughout the brutally cold day! In fact, that episode reminded me very much of the old lady whom I lost my voice for over a year ago...


I didn't get home any later than I would have otherwise since I had to wait for the bus, but I was a whole lot happier on the ride home, and all it took was to walk one old dear to the car...




18 comments:

Jo-D said...

Ooooh you got a kiss in return which is so very sweet Daph! You did not miss the bus but you got two new friends! Hugzz

Salt N Turmeric said...

what a wonderful and endearing story Daphne! It can only happen to you Daphne. ;)

Nightwing said...

Nice one...:) Thanks for sharing it...i second what 'salt & Turmeric' commented...it can only happen to you..:)

Keep up the good work....cheers.

Faridah Khan said...

Hi Daph, Actually I don't think it only happens to Daphne only. It just she keeps her eyes open more! Nice story Daph!

atif said...

Hahah comel betul cerita ni XD Very comel two old ladies as well, being there for each other like that =)That was a really nice thing you did, makes me want to feel all warm and fuzzy inside jugak!

(Hmm. I kind of have a feeling that for some reason each and every comment I leave here all have "comel" in it).

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

coming from you, it didnt surprise me one bit. mr Ling and aunty Molly sure are two proud parents.

Clarisse Teagen said...

Definitely a moment to remember.
such a lovely story. .

nicol said...

ahh i read your Aunty Ong story after this one.. very touching man. you sure have a way with the old folks =] hope you had a good reading week!

Daphne Ling said...

Hello Jo-D,

Yeah, I got a kiss in return! What a nice change to the usual thank you...;) And nope, I didn't miss the bus either. I would have otherwise just hung around till the bus came, bored...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Farina,

Eh? No ler. I'm sure this not only happens to me...

I think for this case, culture made some contribution...North America kan very huggy-kissy culture?

Daphne Ling said...

Hi NightWing,

Aiya, you pun ar? *Smack head*

Ok, guess I will consider myself 'unique' then ;) You take care now...Will visit your blog soon...

Mat Salo said...

So sweet laah! Hmmm, wonder who's ever gonna give me a peck on the cheek? Oh, my daughter of course, he..

Agree, it can only happen to Daphne. She's so lovable-lah :)

Daphne Ling said...

Wait ar, everybody...Nanti kejap lagi jawabla the comments ok? =)

Have a nice week, peeps!

Wai Wai said...

Aww... so touchy and nice of you..

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Faridah,

we have another perspective here...Thanks for pointing that out! =)


Hey Atif,

No worries, memang comel pun...It was sure very nice the two old dears were together, like you said...Makes you warm and fuzzy inside alright!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Danny,

=) Thanks...

Hey Clarisse,

Thanks too! =)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Nicol,

You know, the only thing you should be willing to give to old folks is your time! I think that's the only thing they ask for...

Heck, it's the one thing I ask for too! =)

Oh, and thanks for reading Aunty Ong's story...I can actually kinda remember her face, come to think of it!

Daphne Ling said...

Hello Abang Mat,

Yeah hor, your little girl will still be pecking your cheek, eh? Thanks for sharing!

Hi Wai Wai,

=). Long time no see...Hope all is well!