Wherever I go, I love observing people – especially in airports, railway stations, hotel lobbies, and in-flight. Each of these places is a different ecosystem by itself, where people from different walks of life converge for a certain period of time.
This afternoon, my husband and I went out for lunch. We went to a popular restaurant in the vicinity.
We placed our order, and waited. My husband was busy on his phone, and I observed the people in the restaurant.
There was this family of three – husband, wife and a one-year old baby. The mom was trying to feed spoonfuls of baby food from a box, while the dad kept the child engaged. The Dad became an elephant, with a trunk and tried to snatch the baby’s food away, then he transformed into a lion and a horse. The baby gurgled and giggled, and finished her food. Each parent took turns to eat, while the other entertained the child. Been there, done it.
There was a man, who reviewed the menu for a good twenty minutes before he placed his order. I was curious to know what he ordered.
Then again, there was this man with his headphones connected and feet tapping, as he relished his lunch.
There was a group of college students, loud and cheerful, enjoying their lunch and friends’ company. Many delicious platters went past us to their table – a few sizzlers and many aromatic ones!
My tongue watered in anticipation. Our order seemed to take forever. A tray filled with huge glasses of bright green slush went past. I wanted one of those. I wanted one of the sizzling platters too…but we’d already ordered, so I waited patiently.
Finally, our food arrived, and then my stomach and mouth took over, enjoying every mouthful. Different flavours and spices played different notes on my tongue. The food was amazing.
The table with the college students broke out into a birthday song for one of their friends, as candles were lit and wishes exchanged.
Looking out the window, I realized that the skies had opened up. We finished our lunch and settled down for a nice, hot cup of coffee.
A few people left, many arrived. More food, yummy smells. Melodious instrumental music played in the background.
I smiled. Another world, another ecosystem.