I am totally bugged. Monday morning coffee is my first break in two days. I am working mother with a small kid, no maid, a husband working 13 hours a day. Saturday and Sunday are the busiest of days in the week for me. Sweeping, moping, washing the clothes, cleaning the house, the tasks are endless. Like I said, Monday morning coffee is my first break in two days. I like to be alone during this time, taking my time over the coffee. Mentally preparing myself for another week’s battle. I need this time alone. If you think you don’t like to be alone, try getting married. you will change your view.
Lunch and evening coffee, I have with my friends, a group of young mothers, and I quite enjoy these occasions. We discuss our kids. ‘What appu did, what ammu did, you won’t believe what kavya did’ etc etc. we dissect our husbands, we talk movie, politics, our culinary battles, current news and errant mother-in-laws. I love that. But mornings, I like to be left alone.
One new girl has joined some other department a month back. For some reason, she has decided I am friend material. She waylays me on my trips to the canteen for my morning coffee and imposes herself on me. Now don’t get your hackles up. I too thoroughly disapproves of this American notion of privacy- ‘ I won’t disturb you, you won’t disturb me’ stuff. I like to have friends, and I don’t mind it when they butt in my affairs. But something about this girl irritates me. May be it’s her fake American accent. She had been in US for sometime. She is not married and no kid. And she has no idea about the current Indian topics. We have nothing to talk about except she and her work, and
America this and that. That too in this fake accent I have come to totally dislike. I really don’t know how to shake off this girl. I am getting really bugged as day after day my precious little time in the morning is destroyed this way. What do I do? I tried introducing her to others, but she has been unable to stick to any of them. May be I should cancel my coffee break altogether. America