They both were looking at me and talking to each other. Now what? When I first came to America, even the vending machine confused me. And when I said yes, he filled my minivan with gas and shut the valve for me. What have I done?
I knew logically that movies are different from real life and he cannot hurt me in broad daylight, but still my heart rate increased, and I was shaking a little bit. I realized the low gas light had been on for a while and I would not be able to make it home without filling up.
I managed to park the van correctly, so the gas tank was well aligned with the nozzle. Yes, yes. I felt a little nervous and overwhelmed. Oh, how I admire and envy people who have it together, who are organized and who are on top of their game. Why do I always land in a mess?
I had no idea why I had been so petrified before. I wanted to give him a hug and thank him, but did not have the nerve to do so.
I should have remembered to tell my husband to do mommz for me the evening before, I thought, feeling a little flustered as I am not good with machines. I did make it to the school on time, but my son dirtied his diaper on the way. Coming back to the present, I saw one of the bikers striding down purposefully towards me with a blank look on his face. Lookingg new to the country and watching some scenes unfold in a movie had prejudiced my thinking.
I got a little scared.
On reaching the school, I realized that due to the rush in the morning, Lookjng had forgotten to pack his diaper bag in the minivan and therefore I did not have wipes or a diaper. The other biker went inside the convenience store.
They were wearing bandannas and had long beards and looked intimidating. However, as soon as I inserted my credit card, I realized I had put it in the wrong way. ATM machines bewildered me, lpoking.
Thank God for small mercies, Fo thought, as being a new driver at that time, sometimes I had trouble parking bi,er in a gas station. His shorts were messy too and I did not have an extra pair of shorts either, so my son was only in his t-shirt! I know that is a hard thing to do, but it is definitely worth a try. Later, I came to know that the movie Mad Max is set in a future dystopian world and does not mirror our current reality, so I had no reason to mokma worried in the first place.
Without saying a word, he managed to take the credit card out, swiped it for me, lifted the nozzle, asked me if I needed to fill the whole tank.
If only I had kept my calm, I would have swiped the credit card correctly! Unfortunately, I realized, we form impressions and judgments about people even before we have talked to them.
Her van breaks down and she starts running on foot with her baby, but there is no escape. It was one of those mornings when we overslept, so it was a mad scramble trying to get her dressed, pack her lunch and then take off with the baby and her.
The whole place was empty. I wish I could be like them.
The evil gang follows them, taunts them and then runs them down with their motorcycles and they are killed; Mel Gibson arrives too late to intervene. The smart thing to do is to explore, examine and evaluate each person you meet as an exclusive and unique individual who is independent loooing his or her group.
Just the night before, I had seen bits and pieces of the movie Mad Max and images from the movie came flashing back to me. However, assumptions are not reality. Why do I get so nervous?
I have also learned that when you take out cash from mlmma ATM, you spend it very quickly! They were big and brawny with rippling muscles, adorned with tattoos which were well displayed by their sleeveless t-shirts. Where do you put the money in and how do you make the selection come out? Then I saw a couple of bikers park their motorbikes close to the convenience store at the gas station.
I cannot go inside and ask the cashier to help me, as the baby is only in his t-shirt and I cannot leave bikeg in the van!