Tuesday, July 05, 2005
What I did in the bathroom, alone, today!
I was walking alone in the mall today, when I suddenly saw a "Player's Cards" shop. Players Cards!!!!!!!! Abayeeeeeeeeh !!!!! I remembered the 1986 and 1994 World Cup with players cards and how we, wlaad el 7ara, used to sit for hours in the burning sun just exchanging even buying and selling players cards. What would be more exciting is when one of the boys would have 2 very rare cards and wants to exchange one of them. We would gather around him in a big circle and start giving our offers to get his cards. We'd hold negotiations forever o koll wa7ad beballesh yboos teezo to take that rare card home. If it happened and I got a rare card it would be one of the best days in my life and o banzal 3al 7ara o ba3rot 3a kol el denya enni jebet el cart el khateer.
Today in the mall I saw those 8 and 9 -year old kids in the store, and I did it and went in and asked the keeper if he had "international soccer players cards". He said "NO", but then paused for s econd, and said, "Well I guess we have some old ones". Then he went and picked up some cards from 1990 and 1991 and gave them to me. I got 2 small collections of cards and left the store. Now I was alone in the middle of a busy mall on a vacation (happy 4th of july by the way, 3ogbal ma yseer fee 4th of july falasteeni). I was at least twice the age of the older kid ever still interested in these cards.
Alhough I don't mind making a joke of myself but I didn't feel like it today. So I went to the closest restroom and opened the first group of cards, those were the old players who are retried by now. I can't control my reactions when it comes to soccer, and I easily become disinhibited and do crazy stuff that makes me look like a real asshole. Today as I was alonr in the bathroom I made sure to control my feelings and I didn't scream but I was filled with joy as I saw all these rare pictures of players in my hands, in the US which is one of least countries in the world to appreciate good soccer and soccer players.
Every grown-up still has a child inside of him/her, and I'm so happy I still have this child that will never ever grow up!