Run in Haste, Repent at Leisure
As I came to my senses, the first thing that crossed my mind was, “Breakfast!!!”
Those who choose ‘Breakfast Complimentary’ while booking a hotel, know what I mean 😊.
With the threat of a deadline looming large and the vivid images of empty buffet tables, I rushed to the food zone, grabbing only my room key, a shawl and slippers. I could bring my tray up and then become presentable, I reasoned. How wrong was I!
As the lift opened into the lobby, every chair was taken by neatly turned out senior citizens, waiting to check out.
All eyes turned to the elevator by way of entertainment… And boy… Did they get some! There they sat, in their Khaki and Blues, moccasins and berets, a casual jacket hanging on the chair…. And here I was, PJ’s and Kholapuris, checkered shawl and odd shirt, hair tied into a hasty Bun, that was still crackling with an odd static that had energised it since my landing. All stray hair were defying gravity and pointing heavenward. 😁
Quizzical looks were being shared between cool pastel eyes, aquamarine looked at sea green and hazel at powder blue. They must have wondered if an ‘Emergency Evacuation’ button had been pressed that their hearing-aids had failed to detect.
I mustered the courage and stepped out, a bright smile plastered on my face. I picked up the last remaining tray, placed the last remaining banana on it. I made a gooey oatmeal concoction and a cocktail of all remaining cereals. I also picked up two yogurts instead of one, just to show them!
As I turned to wait for the lift, that obviously took forever to come, I could again feel my back being pierced by sundry pastel eyes. I took a deep breath and relaxed my shoulders whilst tightening my grip on the tray, after all, having it fall here would be the final nail on my proverbial, ‘dignity coffin’!
The elevator pinged. I readied myself to step in with as much grace as possible …but couldn’t.
There was a lift load more, waiting to disembark 🙄. I moved to the side and was once again the recipient of some amused appraisal.
Finally, I reached my room with my breakfast safe and wholesome and my dignity in tatters!
I peeped from my window to see their coach arrive. As they waddled out in single file, a line crossed my mind…
“What you think is your greatest embarrassment is but a momentary entertainment for another… “
That gave me some hope and a new resolve…
To never sleep in mismatched clothes again! 😀😂