We interrupt this series on Turkey for a special report…..
Once upon a time, I mentioned that KSA had taught me bravery, courage. And today, I was given the opportunity to show this courage. The story goes something like this.
I was sitting in my friend’s office talking about nothing, as usual. Out of nowhere, my friend showed me a teeny tiny black “object.” “What does this look like to you?” she asked. It wasn’t a matter of what it looked like but what it was. I told her, “It’s mouse poo.” It wasn’t really surprising since we have seen these “gifts” around campus. We saw one mouse run from one office around a corner and another set up camp in the librarian’s office.
She asked me where it was and I told her with confidence that it probably left already. Perhaps it had left a present and left. So we continued to chat, and like something out of a movie, I looked to my left and saw the mouse walking on the chair. It felt like it was happening in slow motion. It was so close that I wasn’t sure if it was on the chair or on me. And being that I was now this courageous woman, thanks to KSA, I screamed bloody murder. My friend, startled of course, started screaming, “What? What is it?” I said frantically, “It’s your mouse!” And she jumped up out of her chair and we both headed for the door.
Fortunately, one of the cleaning ladies was nearby. My friend called her name and she ran. I guess so, my friend sounded like she was freaking out. She said, “There’s a mouse in my office, can you kill it?” She got her broom and went in. That psycho mouse moved like he didn’t have a care in the world. It was as if he was taunting us. All the while she was swinging and banging the broom all over the place trying to kill a seemingly suicidal mouse. And being the brave souls we were, we screamed and ran down the hall. Sadly, there were a couple students around. I put my finger to my mouth and said, “Shh, don’t say anything and don’t tell anyone.”
The mouse finally met his demise when he made a run for the door leading outside. Soon, life went back to “normal.”
I am as brave today as I was before. I’m actually quite proud of myself.
And now back to our regularly scheduled program…..