There’s a Lesson here somewhere
A funny incident is almost as good as an annoying one, as I’ve proven today at the first day of this much awaited December. The absurdity of it all can make you smile, but at the end of the day, when you found yourself massaging your throbbing foot, “Chagrined” is more or less the perfect term to describe your mixed-up emotions.
Chagrined over the large, enormous commercial malls, the apparent slowness of telecommunication services, and maybe your own stupidity.
I spent the early morning in the photoshoot for Manila Bulletin at the University Belt. Supposedly, my classmates and I will meet photographer Niccolo Cosme for our study the same afternoon, so I opt to kill some extra time at the capital’s first commercial hub, Cubao, where the biggest National Bookstore branch can be found. I love this place so much that if I can have the chance to choose where I can spend the last of my days, I would choose this as one of those places.
Anyways, my mom suddenly sent me a text message, saying that she’s having her check up at the hospital near Cubao. Her tonsillitis has gone from bad to worse and she couldn’t take it anymore. I replied if she wants me to accompany her, since I’m just nearby. Either my mom’s too tired to text, or having her check-up, or the telecommunication network is having problems, I only received her next reply four hours later.
She said that she’s at SM with my brother and cousin. For non-Filipinos out there, SM stands for Shoe Mart, and is the premier mall of the country. We basically connote SM with malls and shopping. It’s a large mall empire, with several branches nationwide. You know your city or province is conquered when you saw this familiar dominating white building emblazoned with the familiar symbol next to the name of your region:
Anyways, Cubao has a SM too, and I automatically thought it was the SM she was talking about. After an hour and a half of walking, exploring and scanning the whole mall for the familiar face of my mother, I have a horrible thought and I texted my mom what SM she is in. Surprises and surprises, they’re at SM Marikina. Even if I turn the whole SM Cubao upside down, I wouldn’t find them here. So yeah I spent my energy and time looking for people at a wrong place.
I guess the lesson here is don’t assume things. Just because what you think is the most likely answer that doesn’t mean it’s the right one. It’s good to be logical but sometimes life doesn’t work that way, it’s the most illogical person you’ll ever meet.
And relationship-wise, I learned a valuable lesson here. (I tend to rack my brains to produce reflections to hide my wounded pride) As much as people want to be together, as much as they waste time and effort to find each other, if they’re not on the same plane, it’s impossible for them to meet together. I guess our biggest mistake as human beings is not looking for wrong people; it’s looking for people at a wrong place, at a wrong time.
Okay, cut the philosophical commentary here. I need to rest my feet.
And why does SM had so many branches dammit?