Random Solitary Thoughts

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Where are you now?

So where have I been of late? Busy. Mostly. The other half is procastination; our national past-time. Anyways work and other miscellaneous stuff have been clogging my evenings for the better half of a month.

I'll probably be blogging about events that happened during my apparent hiatus. But for now, just a quick entry before I forget all about it.

I was down at the local taman for a short workout session thanks to the impending complacency of having a twisted ankle. So I was there minding my own business when I noticed a foreign maid (whose nationality will be kept hidden to avoid impending racial and political issues arising from overly paranoid politicians and fanatics roaming the bloggersphere) walking her charge.

Then the maid stopped next to a phone booth and proceeded to make a call to someone (presumebly her other half, be it male or female), leaving the little girl to her own devices. Kids being kids, she started wandering around and eventually came towards the play area I was in (I was there because I prefer to workout on a rubberized surface and not because I like little kids. Not in that way anyways).

Miss little girl then started to climb the steps. The maid turned and shouted at her, then returned to her conversation as if nothing had happened, leaving the girl to continue her fatal climb of doom. Of course, the more dramatic readers would imagine that the girl fell down, broke her neck and had to be carted off (covered from head to toe) in an ambulance without sirens.

And of course, in our mundane reality, nothing like that happened.

Being a good samaritan I volunteered myself to watch over her safety while the maid continued with her own business. The little girl managed to slide down unharmed, but staggered a little so I caught her. Then she ran off again to climb another set of stairs. Rinse and repeat, nuff said.

Fortunately the maid returned before she could ascend a third flight of stairs. Maid then proceeded to 'discipline' the kid. I watched and felt disgusted.

First she ignores her, then she disciplines the kid for negligence on her own part. And where were the parents all this while? The whole situation was the result of their negligence. They didn't take their kid out for a walk. They sent someone instead. Someone who obviously didn't carry out her responsibilities responsibly.

And I wonder, what happened to the days when families used to hang out together, instead of leaving their kids with their maids. Then I met a little smiley japanese girl who took a detour from her family walk.

And all was well again.


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