I always loved the Golden Girls Sophia’s sayings which began with “Picture the Scene, Sicily 1927” – do you remember them?
Picture the scene, Johannesburg 1987, 3am on a Saturday night.
I quietly unlock the front door, take off my shoes and tiptoe into the house to be met by the sensation of wet carpet underfoot. (Oh no my mother has been at her nightly ritual again, the need to wash carpets fuelled by an over-active thyroid). It looks safe though, the house is dark and quiet, parents are asleep. Shew, curfew breaking lecture averted. As my eyes adjust to the blackness and I squelch my way to the stairs, I notice a red glow coming from the corner lounge chair. My heart sinks. Oh no! The tip of my dad’s cigarette and from what my dulled sense of smell can gather, one of many, glows like a firefly in the far too close distance. Bust! “Junior, where have you been till this time? Have you been drinking?” In the shakiest steady tone ever the words “Dancing and eating pizza Dad”, slip out. Hmmm methinks Lebanese fathers were not so convinced.
Picture the scene, Johannesburg 2017, 3am on a Saturday night.
As I quietly hear the front door unlock, the shuffle of shoes being slipped off, a yelp escapes from the muzzle of the sleeping cocker spaniel whose carpet-like stance was obviously mistaken for a rug. It looks safe though, the house is dark, dogs and family asleep. Shew, curfew breaking lecture averted. I find myself watching in amusement at a shadow, feeling her way into the house. The embers of an empty packet of cigarettes lying on the patio table. (Yes, I know bad habits but do I at least get a point for being millenium style – outside not in? No? Ok moving along). Bust my girl! “Junior, where have you been till this time? Have you been drinking?” In the shakiest steadiest tone ever the words “Dancing and eating pizza Mom” slip out. Hmmm methinks Lebanese mothers may just be convinced.
My the tables have turned…..
Just for laughs, Sophia and Picture it ….
Tanya Long 2017/12/22
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