DN and I were both grumpy this morning… But surprisingly, things turned around really quickly!
It was such a beautiful day outside! When DN left for work, I opened the curtains, let the light shine in, and recorded a new video. I was so inspired by the nice weather, I started checking things off of my cleaning to-do list! I swept the balcony that had layers and layers of sandy dust. It took some time, but it’s looking as good as new now.
As I was cleaning, I was waiting for the fruit salesman to pass by with his cart, in hopes to buy some oranges. When he didn’t pass by, I settled for some grapes. The grape salesman had his cart parked in front of the apartment, as other ladies sorted through the grapes they were purchasing. I waited for them to finish, and then purchased 1 KG of grapes.
On my way back inside, a young lady was smiling at me. She seemed to be around my age, or perhaps a little older. “Hello,” she said.
I smiled and said, “Hello.”
The conversation barrier was suddenly broken, and she started talking to me in Hindi. I could only understand bits and pieces. She was asking me where I lived. I told her and asked where she lived. I couldn’t understand her response but her gestures made it clear that she was actually the neighbor who lived across from our apartment.
I remember seeing her from time to time, but I never stopped to look at her face.
She invited me inside with an “Aajao,” and a sweeping gesture. Though I politely declined, as I was covered in dust and still in the process of cleaning. We smiled at each other and went in to our own apartments. About thirty minutes later, she returned, knocking on my door. I opened the door and she smiled. I opened the main gate and she handed me a set of sparkling yellow choori. “For you!” She said. Her face was so innocent and sweet, and I was not expecting it at all!
Normally, I would probably have refused a gift from someone I just met. But I was worried I would offend her if I declined. Especially since I wasn’t sure how well she could speak English. I graciously accepted and thanked her, smiling. She helped me try them on. Although they were small – they fit! It really warmed my heart. Although I was nervous about being social, as I’m not really a social butterfly, the experience was really uplifting.
Maybe now I can make a friend who only speaks Hindi and really challenge my abilities to communicate in Hindi. 🙂
Here’s my latest video, by the way. If you haven’t had the chance to, please visit my YouTube channel and click “subscribe”. I won’t be sharing my videos on this blog every time. 🙂