Friday, March 31, 2006

عجوز في الطابور


الزمان: نهاية صيف ٢٠٠٢ او ٢٠٠٣

المكان: الجامعة الاردنية- غرفة التسجيل امام السكوير الذي تحول لاحقا الى رقعة شطرنج بشرية

حجم الغرفة: صغير جدا

عدد الناس داخل الغرفة: كثير جدا

ديانة الواقفين: ليست معروفة لكن معظهم كان عم بكفر

ذهبت الى غرفة التسجيل لاستخرج نسخ اضافية من شهادات تخرجي، وهناك وقفت في طابور طويل جدا في اجراءات كادت تستغرق اكثر من وقت دراستي في الجامعة، لكن بما ان مدير التسجيل طلع صديق للوالد وكانو يمشو مع بعظ اثنين كيلو كل يوم تحت الشتا حتى يوصلوا للمدرسة و اللي بسمع بفكرها كل يوم بتشتي بالاردن، المهم مدير التسجيل مشالي الطلب و انا رحت على غرفة التسجيل عشان ادفع ليرتين وانقلع

وقفت بالطابور الطويل و راس مالها الواحد يغفل دقيقتين ثلاثة عشان يلاقي عدة وجوه جديدة واقفة قدامه بالطابور يلا بسيطة ...

ما لفت انتباهي هو رجل عجوز بدا لي في الستين او السبعين من العمر واقف على الطابور و ليس بيديه اي اوراق تسجيل او مغلفات .... كان واقفا فارغ اليدين امام الشباك مرتديا جاكيتا بدا لي متسخا بعض الشيء

وقف العجوز طويلا في الطابور و بالرغم من ان اقدامي تكسرت وشعرت بالدفش و عدد هائل من اللمسات التي اتمنى ان تكون بريئة الا اني شعرت بالشفقة على العجوز اكثر مما شعرته مع اني عديم الاحساس

وقف الزلمة قدامي ومن شدة فضولي وعدم احترامي لخصوصية الاخرين وقفت فوق راسه عشان اسمع الحج شو بدو يسولف

نظر من الشباك الزجاجي ابو خزقة زغيرة من تحت واحنى راسه ليتحدث من الخزقة لعل الانسة القرفانة عيشتها الجالسة من وراء الشباك تسمع صوته المتواهن الذى قضمه الزمن دون رافة

قال الحج .... عمي متى اخر موعد للتسجيل؟؟جاء الصوت من وراء الشباك... الخميسسالها مرة اخرى.... انوو خميس
اجابت الانسة... انو خميس؟؟ هادا الخميس

وهنا شعرت بان الحديث سيطول فوقفت جانب الحج و كانني قادم معه

رسم الحج ابتسامة على وجهه وسال الاخت مرة اخرى..... ممكن ندفع بعدين؟؟
في هذه اللحظة استنضفت الانسة المنزعجة ان ترفع راسها من فوق طحشة الاوراق لتنظر الى الرجل قائلة.... مش ممكن، ما بسيرحافظ الحج على ابتسامته بصعوبة وقال... اسبوعين زمان ....
وهنا سمعت الشب المطقع يقول ورائي بصوت لا يكاد يسمع لكنه مسموع "يلاااا يا عمو

اجابت الانسة .... ما بئدر عمو ما بئدر ، وعادت تنهمك في التوقيع على طحشة من الاوراق مكتوبة بخط اصعب من خط الاطباء ومزينة باختام ابشع من تلك التي تزين اللحوم البلغارية

تخلص الحج من ابتسامته و رد بشيء من العتاب " ما هو يا عمي ما انت شايفة الحال كيف
و لم ترد الانسة عليه و ظل الحج واقفا ثم تصاعدت الافئفات من الطابور

اما العجوز فقد نظر بشيء من الخوف حوله وعاد ينظر الى الانسة وراء الشباك، ومرة ثانية نظر الي ورفع حاجبيه ونفخ خديه كطفل صغير على وشك الانهماك في البكاء، نظر كثيرا حتى خلته ينتظر مني اجابة على سؤال سئل كثيرا و لم يجب عليه

ترك الحج الغرفة المزعجة و تركتها انا ايضا ليس فقط للحاقه بكلمة مواسة بل لان الواقفين على الطابور اعتبروني خرجت منه بمجرد الخروج جانبا عندما تصنت على العجوز

مشيت خلف العجوز الذي نزل فتح الباب ليجد فتاة في حوالي العشرين تلبس جلبابا يبدو و كانه لبس مئات المرات ..... نظرت اليه بفضول وقالت
" ايش "
ولم يجبها والدها لكنه نظر اليها للحظة وردت عليه بنظرة اخرى و بدا و كانهما قالا الف كلمة، و راودني شعور انهما تبادلا هكذا نظرات
عدة مرات في السابق
وقفت انا كالسائح الذي يسمع الغرباء يتحدثون لغة لم يسمعها من قبل

امسك الرجل بيد ابنته وقادها في طريق جامعة بنيت في شبابه وهو يفكر و يفكر وابنته تنظر بحياء الى الارض
حريقة

13 comments:

Khalaf said...

A common event in Jordan, I'm afraid. It is sad that so many qualified students simply can't afford college tuition.

It seems we have more important things to invest in.

Sigh.

Abu 7amarneh said...

this is sad, i dont know why governmental universities and colleges in jordan are NOT FREE,, even countries with population thats multiples of Jodan, like syria and Eygept afford college for free for its qualified students,,, bs i7na sha3ib lazmo "Hareega"

Jad said...

Jordan aren't for Jordanians anymore and I'm pretty sure soon we will have some "Jordanians camps" like the ones we have for refugees especially when we it's Jordan first and Jordanians last when it should be Jordan and Jordanians first in politics, education, chances, investments and everything.

When I was in university back in 1998 there was a good number of Arab48 students who aren't proud of being Arab or Palestinians and they were studying for free and even getting a monthly salary to cover their gayness accessories expenses.

dude, Jordan aren't Jordan anymore.

raindrop said...

this's nothing compared with what we dont witness, i have similar story when I was a student, I went to JU and while I was at the engineering's dean office an old man with his 17 years old son asking the secretary to meet the dean, they were more than poor! i was curious to know the secret of their visit, the old man told her "ebne jab 95.1 bel tawjehe kan 7abeb yudros 6eb oe e7na mish gad el 6eb, 7akena bedros handaseh oe tele3lo bel techno handaset computer oe sa3at handaseh el computer 45 dinar hunak oe e7na mish gadha bddi ebne y7awel 3al ordoneyye bddi el 3ameed ysa3edna, masaref el 3olom wel teknolohia '3alyeh ya bente we bddo mowasalt '7alle janbi houn beshte'3el besa3ed 7alo b3ed el jam3a"

unfortunately, i had to run before they got out the dean's office.

hamede said...

how universities in jordan be free when the spend the mony on jordan weapons development.

hareega said...

khalaf i thought the problems could have got better after the initiation of the international program in public univerisities but the tuition fees are only getting higher. Education is our "oil" and the University of Jordan or its professors are not going in the right direction. They opened an IT faculty and they didn't have special professors to teach there. Smart students should be given schaolarships or at least be able to take debts to continue studying.

Abu7amarneh.... the education in Syria and Egypt is free but i don't think it's good. In the faculty of medicine in Ain Shams Cairo where some of my friends studied there are hundreds of students in one lecture room and to succeed you gotta get some private lessons which are only affordable by the rich. I don't want Jordanian univerisites to turn into that but I would like to see it being considered a priority to faciliate for smart students to study whatever they want.

Jad your comment is a bit more political but I agree regarding allowing Jordanians to benefit more from public universities at least. It's always great to have students from other countries especially Arab ones but those are public univerisites Jordanians should come first.

raindrop this is very painful and i'm sure such stories happen all the time. Jordanians are still very passionate about education even for girls like the story i've mentioned.

hamede hopefully officials will consider education a weapon

Batir Wardam said...

Higher education in Jordan is about to be a luxury for the wealthy, but belive me people will do anything to educate their children. A few months ago I was in Karak in a village called 3ai which is very poor but the people there were raising cattles and doing all they can do to afford their sons and daughters a decent education.

Khalidah said...

I was really fortunate to earn a scholarship from the ministry of higher education to study at university of Jordan

Since then, fees are going higher and education is becoming a profitable business .. anyone with some extra millions would start a private university and breed more money ... It is sad to see that those who really deserve education and need it .. are not getting it

The idea of students laons is not bad .. centers of excellence should be established to take care of these students and help them do something for their families and society

Thanks for a great post - as usual

ghaloosh said...

it's so depressing,i saw the reactions of some people at work when they knew that their kids were accepted in universities, they were so depressed as they can't afford paying the fees, all what they were thinking about is how to make them win some scholarship, i stood looking at them feeling so sad but so thankful at the same time as i didn't have to worry about anything..

wedad said...

:'( u made me cry !!

huweh elwa7ad na2soo nakad!!

Hareega said...

batir... i know man and that what keeps education in Jordan among the best in Arab countries, but there will be a stage when people just can't take it anymore.

khalidah... hopefully education will become a priority again in out gvernment's agenda. Many students can do anything to study in a university. It hurts when i heard about a brilliant student who decided to study nurisn ginstead of medicine because he couldn't afford the high cost of medical school.

ghaloosh ... it wasn't that big of a problem a couple of decades ago but these days only a small percentage i would say less than quarter of Jordanians can afford paying the fees of their kids in the University of Jordan.

nasimjo© said...

The problem is that the Universities policy and culture is becoming more MALLS-LIKE !
with both, the money, entity and people surfing inside it :(

Hasan said...

How much are those fees usualy? Per semester? or 12 hours?