I know that I can

There was a knock at the door.  I opened it. A majestic, coloured lady was standing there, a large shawl upon her shoulders, a big grin and a neat bobbed hair cut – black with streaks of blonde. ‘Hello, are you my new neighbour?’, I said and held out my hand.  ‘Yes, I am Ayo’.  ‘Well it’s nice to meet you Ayo’. 

She began: ‘ Where you from?  You from Ireland?  You were born there?  I live here 10 years.  I’m from The Congo.  I have many many relations that live close to here’.  ‘How lucky’ I said.  ‘Oh yes, the flat is lovely.  I love to just be at home’.  I said I liked to go out.  She asked me where my doctors’ was and then ‘The Job Centre’?  I asked if she worked.  ‘Oh no, no, no’.  ‘Are you looking for work’, I said (conscious I sounded like they do at The Job Centre). She looked confused.  ‘Do you work?’ she said by way of a reply.  I said yes, that I did, in a shop.  ‘Where, where is the shop – Oxford circus?’  ‘Em, no – yes, well close to there’.  ‘Do you clean?’  No, I said. ‘ If you want I can clean for you’, she stated ‘But just two hours every day, that’s all – no more, ha ha ha’.  I told her I had no need for a cleaner but would let her know if I heard of anyone looking.

She continued: ‘I pray sometimes a lot so you may hear’.  ‘What, loudly?’ ‘Yes yes’ she said as she demonstrated a sort of shouting prayer.  I looked at her incredulously, ‘What, like that?!’ ‘ Well no, maybe like this’, and she whispered more gently. ‘ I pray a lot – I am a Christian, and you?  ‘Um, yes, I actually like to meditate most evenings and I usually go to bed at around 10.30pm; I mean sometimes I listen  to music, or I’m out but generally speaking …’ ‘ Oh yes, me too, I have music, I mean, it’s the life, you have to enjoy the life’.  I told her I liked to be out a lot. ‘Oh no, I like to be at home and talk with all my friends: It’s the life!!’  I told her about my ex neighbour who had the habits of a rent boy – in and out of his flat at all hours of the night. ‘He was black?’  She asked as she crossed her arms.  ‘Why did he leave?’ I tried to squeeze past her towards my door. ‘It was so lovely to meet you.. I think I left something on…’ I muttered.

She persisted: ‘ Do you have a boyfriend?’ ‘Um…’ I tried to open the door and laughed, ‘Let’s talk about that some other time’.  ‘I do, I have. I have boyfriend.’ ‘ Sometime my boyfriend come you must meet him..’  ‘Oh, yes’ I replied hurriedly, ‘That sounds lovely… see you later!’ She turned to open the main door and I returned to the sanctuary that is my home…. for now.

A Friday track to knock your socks off :  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5T-FIFGfTo


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