So i decided to do a small giveaway in my environs and it's ironic that the person who put it in my heart to do this giveaway (saw her roasting plantain on Christmas day and immediately decided to give something on New Year to women I saw doing similar jobs. The idea was to share the Christmas merriment). Well she didn't work on New Year's day when i did the deliveries so i kept her package which included a cake, a small bag of rice, vegetable oil and tinned tomatoes which i shared to about 30 women in all.
I was glad to find her working today so I stopped the car and came out to give her the package. At first she looked at me dubiously and then I explained with a grin; a Christmas present. "But Christmas has passed" she said with even more suspicion. I was confused about how to proceed, like should i just leave or force my bag of gifts into her hands? I decided to be patient, "It's just cake and rice, i just gave some people..." And i trailed off because I saw the look on her face and i was afraid to offend her. "Ok ma, but we have rice at home", she said and i could tell she felt insulted. Her husband had been sitting close by and immediately stepped in. He took the bag from me and thanked me profusely, clearly apologetic on his wife's behalf. I quickly rushed into the car and left.
The whole scenario got me thinking. Was I wrong to assume that because someone roasted plantain for a living she would need a "give away"? Was I presumptuous to expect her to appreciate it? I probably was and i feel bad. Anyways that's that...
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