Moving into a new place comes with its set of new faces and personalities. I have been doing my bit to get on with the social activities of the colony to familiarize myself with the peeps here. One such lady seems to be a regular on the morning walks and pretty soon we were exchanging smiles daily.
Today morning the lady gestured me to join her in the walk. I was revved up in my momentum with my I-pod in full blast and only managed a vague no in passing. Next round she seemed a bit peeved and on reflection I realised she might be offended by my casual dismissal of her warm offer.
Oooops!!! What have I done? Flashed through the head, even as I was being charmed by the antics of this parakeet struggling to balance onto a swaying sunflower stalk – it had come to gorge on the goodies you see!
In the next round I was sure I had fallen from her grace by her not-so-warm demeanour. How to make amends now?
You see the thing is, I am on a sort of maun vrat in the morning after getting up – it helps that since I live alone, its easy to do it.
I am one of those who wants a me-time as soon as they are up and love the bubble of my head space with a soothing music on the i-pod as I pound the circuit.
I normally listen to chants or bhajans or even something soothing like waves crashing on the shore on my I-pod in the mornings. I find these lull me into energy and rhythm to face the hurry-scurry pace of the daily grind.
The lady (as do several others I have noticed) seem full of words in the morning which are just bubbling forth as she walks around with her companions. Somehow I cannot be part of animated conversations this early in the A.M. and would be at a loss to contribute to it too. I need the slow steady pace of quiet mingled with the serenity of nature and the promise of a hot cup at the end of it to recharge my verbosity into full flow.
Henceforth the refusal!
I did manage to send her a whatsapp message to honestly explain my side of it – lets see how I fare tomorrow morning. What do you think I should do?
Writing about the sounds of silence and linking up with Sanchie for Friday’s Reflections
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