I learnt something today!
Never criticise a woman driver.
Never also mock at one when she gets into a no entry zone, drives in two lanes at a time or applies make-up while negotiating traffic.
Why this change?
I was in the middle of old Muharraq when I got myself into a jam – literally. After going into a narrow lane and finding myself at a dead-end, not knowing what to do, I looked for help.
Knocked on a door and requested the abaya-clad woman who emerged to move her car so I could easily take mine out.
But that did not happen.
Instead, she got into my vehicle, a large SUV, reversed into the lane as if it were a knife slicing through butter and there I was, out of the woods!
And, all the time, she had a smile on her face and the look of someone in complete control!
“Well, there you are,” she said. “I do this every day. My car is bigger than this one. Yes, it is a difficult one for a newcomer. You’re welcome —” the words just flowed!
And she disappeared with her young son, who had minded her cellphone, in tow!
Whoever said women were bad drivers? I did, actually. But one thing’s certain. I will not do that in a hurry now. And, yes, if I see a car bisecting two lanes, or someone driving as if the vehicle was possessed, I will first look at the driver and not jump to the conclusion it “has to be a woman.”
And if I thought at the beginning of the evening I would not eat anything while I was out, I did not keep my word.
I had eaten a large chunk of pie – humble pie!