I accompanied my mother to the central market to
buy some groceries that she needed for the coming New Year.
When we arrived at the market we could not find a place to park the car. So
we waited patiently for about ten minutes before someone vacated a parking space
and we moved in.
Coming to the market just before a festive season was not a pleasant
experience. The whole town seemed to be there. Everyone had things to buy. So
the prices of things shot up. Worst of all, we had to struggle to get these
So we made our way carefully through the various sections buying vegetables,
meat, fish, noodles, spices and other food stuffs. We had wanted to buy some
prawns too but they were all sold out, despite their
The bags got heavier and heavier. The crowd got thicker and thicker. The
noise and heat was overwhelming. As we had
nearly done all the shopping, I told my mother that I would wait for her at the
car. I could not stand being among hundreds of aggressive shoppers anymore.
I lugged the bags wearily to the car and breathed a sigh of relief when I
reached it. The air smelled sweet and cool. I was glad to be outside.
Fifteen minutes later my mother emerged from the market. She looked
exhausted. We put the groceries in the boot, got into the car and drove off with
the air-conditioner at full blast.