I was stunned this afternoon by another random event in my life. It’s amazing to realise that there’s so many things in life that will surprise me in the least expected times, just like this afternoon after I bought groceries near my place. That time, I decided to buy an ice cream cone, and sat around the “bench” to enjoy it.
From the image above, I sat on the right side while he’s on the left. In case you’re wondering, my plastic bags were full with healthy stuffs, like…….pepero……and stuffs.
Just right after he sat, he took out his cigarette pack, and I was like, “Great…..even just to sit here to enjoy my ice cream is difficult”.
Well, I know that area is normally filled with a lot of smokers. They normally sit there smoking while drinking coke and having chit-chat together. I just so happen to be the one sitting there that afternoon while enjoying ice cream.
Coming back to my situation, realising that he will start smoking there, I started arranging my stuffs, kinda difficult because I have to hold my ice cream with one hand, and there were 3 plastic bags. And then…just before I got up, the uncle stood up, walked to the trash bin in front of us.
I was curious…wondering what he was trying to do.
Surprisingly, once he’s there, he lighted his cigarette, and started to read newspaper….and just kept standing there.
Well, to be honest, I don’t like to read newspaper. They are just sooo big and the content is just too cluttered for me to read. And having to hold that big paper while smoking is quite a challenging task. He can just stay sit next to me and light his cigarette there, and “silently” force me to leave, but he chose not to…..instead, he walked away and gave me some space to enjoy my ice cream.
Normally, the elders feel like they “have” the right to be respected because that’s just how culture is. They have been living more time than we are the younger ones. They have done more than we are…etc. So sometimes, again…sometimes…they can become a lil bit difficult to deal with.
But this afternoon really change my perspective.
I feel ashamed of myself for being prejudice.
You, Sir….deserve the respect!
I hope younger smokers can follow his wisdom