Thank God it’s Friday!
I spent my leisure Friday morning in McDonald’s for a short five hours, while waiting for my darling to fetch me. He was late than what we had scheduled, so I penned this down. And during that five hours, I drew delicate observations on patrons going about one of their mornings at the restaurant, along with a unique story I fashioned for each.
My observations surrounded bare human dispositions to lucidity, chinwag, and routines; like worker bees enticed to fresh nectar. At 8:30 a.m., a lady wearily paced into the restaurant, composing breakfast orders, I assumed, she has memorized by heart. She sat quietly at a tranquil corner, away from the bustling restaurant’s hired hands, and humbly relished her coffee.
At 9:00 a.m., two sprightly ladies entered the restaurant, and rowdily, sat next to my table and started yammering. Unapologetically, they began to expel their pent up frustration, over, whom I felt deep sorry for, a poor soul. At that point, I was reminded of a book, as if had been foretold, that two ladies would meet and spread falsehoods. What a stroke of misfortune that it had come to light today, I told myself. May God bless them and convey them ‘hidayah’.
There were barely a dozen of patrons in sight, of whom, I was convinced, were mostly executives, who can’t go by without a taste of freshly brewed coffee.
As the clock reached 12.00 noon, a storm of hungry patrons flocked into the restaurant, which endured till 2:00 p.m. or more so. Nonchalantly, two men in plain outfit entered and sat next to my table. They had a casual babble about their regular jobs. Nothing close to chinwag. Bemused, I coaxed myself that these two men were ‘suci’, the equivalent of ‘naïve’.
A half hour later, while his friend was still eating, the other insisted that he, should at full tilt, down his meal, as their car was illegally parked and could be issued a parking ticket.
Such a typical Malaysian, I groaned in silence. We are anxious of committing an offense, only for the sake of eluding from being caught by the enforcement bodies. Over a heave of sigh, I murmured covertly, these two men should have hurried to finish their meal for a much virtuous reason. They should have been more fretful of their illegally-parked car, which was blocking the cars of other patrons that were about to leave McDonald’s restaurant. Or, they should have been more concerned -- of being late from returning to their office, or of being late from an important work agenda, from their lunch break.
I continued to vent my grievance, silently. Enforcement bodies prohibit illegal parking as they are the custodians of safety and security; entrusted by the people. Not only serving the very people like you from offenders much like yourselves, but, also, serving and protecting the community at large.
Unequivocally, make it a practice to always care for others. No matter where you are, or who you are. Practice selflessness, wherever you are. Just my final thought, McDonald’s restaurant chain has, inevitably become; a melting pot for all Malaysians, with patrons composing of all races and ages – to share colorful moments, which, beyond the slightest doubt, have decorated the background of this truly diverse nation.
Thank you Ronald McDonald, for your earlier hard work, which had truly become a symbol of unity, in this blessed country that I call home.
From the eyes of a Kampong girl,