Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Merry Christmas Money

Filed under: Strange(r) Encounters — jungzx @ 4:28 pm
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An old lady came up to me, while I was sitting and waiting and smoking and writing. She was nicely dressed, presentable, and shaky in that odd way that only old people shake. Rather, I think it’s better described as a quiver. So, okay, I mean, she quivered.

She sat down on the chair at my table across from me and says, “Hi, miss, are you Catholic?”

Startled, I answered with a prompt “Um. Oh. No.” But she sat right down anyway.

“We’re selling Christmas cards to raise funds for our Church this Christmas season! You might want to take a look, if you’re interested,” she said with a smile.

I repeated myself, “Oh, the cards are nice and all, but I’m not Catholic.”

She was, she said, selling stamps, too. Maybe I collected stamps? I didn’t.

Somewhere in the middle of our “conversation,” Old Lady had come to the conclusion that it was against my “religion” to give money to other religions. So I said, “I don’t have a religion.” And I don’t think she heard me. She was still going all “But the cards are so pretty, don’t you think?” and “You don’t celebrate Christmas?” and “Don’t you give cards to your loved ones?”

Blah blah blah.

She eventually left, dejected, but taking it in stride. She knew she couldn’t sales talk her way through to me. But she left not without a little lecture:

Taking a look at my one empty pack of Marlboro Lights and another half empty one, she said, in jest, but I know she meant it, “Hala! You spend all your money on cigarettes kasi! That’s bad for you!”

We laughed together as she walked away but in my mind’s eye I was rolling my eyes. I know, Grandma, I know. Now please, give me back the 10 minutes you had me waste pretending to listen to you.

I’d like to believe these people really do have good intentions, and good places and causes to put the money towards. But I don’t give money to causes I don’t believe in. (Church and religion. DUH.) I was half tempted to tell the lola outright that I didn’t believe in a god to shut her up and make her leave — but I thought, no, potential backfire, she might lecture me instead on faith yada-yada. Yikes!

The Christmas season is near. I can feel it in the air, quite literally, and in the way strangers approach me when I’m alone, asking for money, in some way or another. Saleslady Lola was the second one in two days.

Well. Merry Christmas.



  1. ikaw lang kilala ko na nakakaramdam na ngayon ng xmas!

    lucky you.

    Comment by alphasensei — Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 12:35 am | Reply

  2. @alphasensei: Um. Yeah. But a sarcastic Christmas. Haha.
    I don’t have much of a choice when people are shoving Christmas cards in my face. And annoyingly happy Christmas songs are being played in malls.

    Comment by jungzx — Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 1:18 am | Reply

  3. I’m too scared shitless of my exam on December 14 to even think of Christmas. Hehe.

    Comment by KC — Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 11:53 am | Reply

  4. Haha. @KC, I can’t even celebrate Christmas. Boo. My test is on the 14th of January. Huhu.

    @jungzx, it’s a bit creepy how people are more needy on Christmas.. I guess material things are more treasured now. I will refrain na lang from talking about religion– more than it’s needed.. I just wish people would focus on why we celebrate Christmas and not what we want to get or aim to get during Christmas..

    Comment by The Lioness — Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

  5. But.. but.. I was going to send you a christmas card! The kind that plays a tune when opened.. =(

    Comment by frostbreath — Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  6. wahahahha…i can only imagine ur inis

    Comment by eyb — Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 5:35 pm | Reply

  7. Haha.

    Buti na lang di pa ko nilalapitan ng ganyan. I don’t feel Christmas yet, even though it making itself be felt. (I have a bad cold… sniff.)

    Comment by anna o — Saturday, November 15, 2008 @ 9:16 am | Reply

  8. @KC and Lioness: Academic scroooges!!! Haha.

    @Lioness: Hey but I love Christmas ah! Not for the Christianity, but just the general feel of giving (and getting wahahaha) and love, and all that cheeseball stuff. :D

    @frostbreath: The old lady wasn’t selling those. Might have bought me a few if she was. Funny yung cards na yun pag lowbatt na eh. Wahahaha.

    @eyb: Cool inis. Galing ako eh. ;)

    @anna o: Sampaguita girls are gonna be more insistent now, too, though. Be warned. I was practically harassed by a 7 year old girl yesterday. She was poking me like “ate ate ate.” Blergh.

    Comment by jungzx — Sunday, November 16, 2008 @ 4:34 pm | Reply

  9. LOL. Merry Christmas, then.

    Comment by Ade — Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 10:18 am | Reply

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