You Live in Egypt Now
Who wouldn’t be thankful: I’d been rescued on two occasions when my electricity cut out (which was incidentally due to the previous tenant failing to pay a hefty bill)! But when I asked a work colleague where I could buy nice Egyptian sweets from for them, I was asked, “Why?”
“Er, ‘cos they helped me with my electricity.”
So? So?! Erm, when you’re a woman who was feeling homesick and slightly emotional, having a neighbour fix your electricity in the middle of the night isn’t just so!
“‘Cos I wanna say thank you!”
“Why? You’re in Egypt now.”
Like I needed to be reminded! I totally did not and still do not understand why the Egyptian colleague didn’t understand my need to show my wonder-neighbours some gratitude. My parents brought me up to be grateful to people who did good to me, even living in London instilled that in me, and here I was being told it’s something I shouldn’t bother with in Egypt.
I simply beg to differ; there are some things that living in Cairo won’t change. And they loved sweets! *grin*
– The Londoner