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!

Hareega

12 comments:

Refugee said...

Excuse my presumption ,I noted your comment on AquaCool post ,re Caravan for Palestine, and I have taken the initiative to respond to your query with the little of what I know.
APEAL ,an NGO who is the organizing charter of this caravan ,it is an independent group,in the past did many activities for calling attention for the Palestinian strive in Diaspora ,and APEAL dose monitor all UN resolutions and demand the implementation of such .APEAL started right after SABRAH & CHATYLA ,by a group of BRITSH nurses who lived the tragedies of the two camps .try the link for more info
http://caravane.palestine.free.fr/tract_english.PDF

Refugee said...

It is me again Refugee, Excuse me, but I could not let my good impressions go unexpressed over your post of”” What I did in the bathroom, alone, today! “” I am no critique, but I am a connoisseur for natural chattels, and you are a gifted natural writer, you made me live your past in your vivid writing. best wishes .

Hareega said...

hey refugee, that's aweome!!

Great efforts.... God bless you guys!

About my wriitng it's usually much worse than that but thanx for your complement

Basbooos said...

i used to have these cards too when i was young, and i was ready to give anything to get Paolo Maldinis card. this post took me brought back memories and made me miss Amman more....

Lina said...

LoL :D the 1998 cards came in sticker form and we collected them in a nice little book! I'm sure I still have it somewhere... Gosh the money we spent on those things!! But I just loved it... still do :)

Thanks for such a beautiful post Hareega!

Hareega said...

Basboos ... I used to do anything to get the Argentine squad's all pictures!! Dude i don't think we had probolem's with Maldini's pictures it was considered rare! BAs 7azzak 7ara 3an 7aara btefreg :D

Lina...
You're welcome. YEs we used to spend a lot a lot of money on them and im 98 i guess th eprices went much higher than thn 1994 and it wasn't as popular!

Basbooos said...

BTW I am a dudette not a dude ;)

Hareega said...

Sorry aniseh basboos!!

and glad to see you here :) :)

Refugee said...

Hello ,Practically I am checking your Blog daily !!!what is keeping you from(writing ) communicating with us ? I for one miss you and hope to hear I mean read your posts .Salaams

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