Thursday, January 28, 2010

Punch, Smack, Kick



Sometimes, when you are troubled and have that petrified nervous feeling in the pit of your stomach - a feeling not unlike menstrual cramps - and keep adjusting, by a thin hair, the seemingly random, but actually meticulously thought out and arranged (you might have had a dream about how to execute said arrangement) assortment of candles on the dining-room table, the reality of South Africa slaps you in the face.

When you are consumed by the sheer impossibility (you never fokken ever thought it would happen) of the actuality of the fact that in not so many hours you will be at the airport, waving a Danish flag (Don't ask. Let's just call it an ancient viking tradition), and holding up a sign saying Mom and Dad your Viking thought would be a hilarious thing to be waving, waiting for your father- as well as your mother-in-law to clear immigration (Any favors in the form of an anonymous phone call to customs or immigration? Your choice. Anyone?), it kicks you in the stomach.

When you are fearing the discussion over the non-existent television in the living room because what kind of people don't own a proper television and put it exactly where it belongs and what the hell is up with all these clay skeletons you have everywhere, it smacks you upside the head.

When you realize that you have actually, against all possible odds really, truly forgotten to fokken buy more coffee regardless of a certain someone asking you on Facebook whether you would be willing to serve it and now you'll have to find a way to make the purchase on the sly and, boy, how sneaky will you have to be, it knees you in the back.

When you kill the umpteenth ant crawling out of your laptop and again, in a fair panic, try to make sure there are none in the foodstuffs anywhere, it sneaks in a right hook straight into your ribs.

"The panties in the dustbin, you don't want them anymore?" She asks me in a quiet voice over the hissing iron.

"The panties?" I reply, completely bewildered. Because, really, there is no way the maid could be talking about my hole-y old underwear I threw out this morning? Surely? That would be absurd. I must have misunderstood. She couldn't be talking about my nasty, washed-to-oblivion, cheap-to-begin-with, cotton underwear.

What kind of a world would this be if she was?

But she is.

And she would like to know whether she could have them, since I don't want them anymore.

9 comments:

Just Jules said...

ok.. hmmmm beside the fact that you survived after running out of coffee (stronger than I ) Let's just say this - it makes me happy to have what I do. man.

but, dang lady - next time just sneak them out in a pocket.

Myne Whitman said...

I'm sure they're not as bad as all that. LOL. All the best.

Bored Housewife said...

Maybe she's making a quilt. like an art piece made out of discarded underpants.

My name is Erin. said...

That is sad.

Have fun with your in-laws!

Ellie said...

Realities do that.

jennyrain said...

love it! Another great post :)

jennyrain said...

love it! Another great post :)

caroldiane said...

ok, this sporadic posting of your blog is becoming tiresome - please come back...

Molly said...

Also, doesn't it slay you that she asked your permission to take them?
Not only are your old panties valuable to her, but so is her integrity.
In this country you always wash your old underwear before you throw them away ... you never know what further life may await them.
PS Welcome back!