Igwe and I moved into our apartment in January of last year. Remember the post about our move? It’s been a year and half and I still don’t know the name of any of my neighbors. I know the couple that lives under us, and I know they have a little kid – about 3 or 4 years old. I don’t know who lives on top of us, but he or she does not sleep. I hear him/her walking around all the time, and the floors creek, so … yeah.
Anyway, there’s a Black couple we always see outside. I’d place the woman to be in her late 40s and her boyfriend/fiance/husband to be in his middle 50s. We often say hello when we see each other outside, but that’s about it. Two weekends ago, however, I was standing outside with my friend, Ibukun, when she came outside. She asked me which unit I live in and how long we’ve been living here, and if I know any hair braider. She told me her name, which I don’t remember now but it started with a T, and it was not a common name, so I’ll just call her Tatiana.
Tatiana recently bought a new car: a black Toyota Camry. Probably 2009 to 2012. After Tatiana and I exchanged pleasantries that day – our first time ever – she asked if I could do her a favor. I thought she’d ask me for some sugar or something. No, Tatiana wanted me to drop her at work. Say what???
“I’ll give you money for gas,” she added. To which I asked, “You want me to take you in my car?” (cause I thought she wanted me to drive her in her own car). And she said, “Yes, cause I’m just afraid of driving mine.” I understand being afraid of driving a new car, but I don’t understand asking this favor from a neighbor you don’t know. Tatiana works at a hospital which is about 3 minutes drive from my house, but it was 7:00 AM, I hadn’t slept a wink, there was nothing wrong with her car (or her man’s car which was also in the parking lot), and I did not know Tatiana from Eve, so no, I was not about to take her anywhere. Luckily for her, Ibukun offered to take her.
From the little bit that I know about Tatiana, I already see that she’s going to give me stories to come and share here, so why not? Content is king. In other news, Tatiana and her husband do not seem to know how to work the remote of their car because they keep setting the alarm off, which is flipping annoying because it’s parked by my window! More on Tatiana later.
P.S Would you have driven Tatiana to her?