Share the story of a time when you felt unsafe.
There are a lot of things that made me feel unsafe. I will relate one story here where I was extremely scared while traveling to Dhaka in Bangladesh, from my home town Comilla. I was traveling by train, it was three-thirty in the morning. There were other passengers with their family in the same compartment. I didn’t know them.
While the train was moving, a man suddenly showed up outside our compartment. He tried to open the door but couldn’t.
I was scared because of his looks,he had what is known as orafacial cleft . It’s a condition where the opening in the upper lift extends into the nose.It is due to tissues of the face not properly joined together during development.It is a type of a birth defect.
At that time I never knew why he looked like that , I was terrified. He remained standing outside our door in the moving train, I felt unsafe I thought he’d open the door and come in. I noticed the other passengers didn’t show any sign of fear.
I prayed continuously so he’d move away from our door. He did and I did not see him again.
Share the story of a time you felt unsafe.
I have learned from experience that at times the so called family friends are the ones ,one must be careful of.
It happened one day, my sister’s friend’s husband came to pick me up to go to his home for supper, I guess his wife was busy cooking, so she didn’t come with him.
I knew who he was since I was only ten or eleven years old, he came to our house a few times, my Dad was not so fond of him because he once asked his wife to take off his shoes in my Dad’s presence. He told my mom, “this man is very ill-mannered.”
My mom laughed and didn’t think much of the incidence.
A few years later he found out where I was teaching,he came to take me to his house, on the way he suddenly looked at me and said, “What would you do if I take you somewhere else?”
Those words terrified me, I stayed quiet, he laughed, I felt unsafe and told myself I’d never go anywhere with a man even if I knew him.
On the way back I coaxed his wife to come with us so she could see where I lived.
Personally I can hardly wait to start going through them. My friend gave me a variety of things I can write about.As I was going through them,it became harder to pick one out of the list. I narrowed it down to five.I liked all five of them.It was crunch time,I had to settle for one and forget the rest. In my mind I wondered, do I have to tell why I picked that particular one to write about?I know it’s the easiest I don’t have to think too hard,it is all about me.
After completing my degrees,I took a job to teach in my town.It was a brand new school,there were only three teachers,myself and two others.We were sailing along beautifully,I had taught for eleven months,I was in no hurry to change jobs. We had a few day’s holiday.During this time I went to see my friend from school in Dhaka. She told me I should leave my job and look for one in Dhaka.I could not warm up to the idea,simply because I did not have a place to live in Dhaka.You might be thinking,I can rent an apartment.This is where all the problem lies a young unmarried woman living alone in an apartment.Are you kidding me,the city is unsafe for a woman. Mini came up with the idea of applying for work in Residential Model School. It sounded reasonable but there was no Ad in the papers about a vacancy in that school. How can I apply,when they are not looking for a teacher. Mini’s next move was,’Do not worry,my sister-in-law is a teacher there, I’ll ask her to arrange an interview with the principal.’ It was all settled,I went to see the man,he was a Major. He was warm and friendly. Among other things his main fear was, what if she gets married immediately after she is hired.He took care of it by telling me, I cannot marry from five to seven years.
I took the job,I did not give him any assurance that I will not get married within the specific time mentioned by him. It is so difficult to know any one in only an hour. I wrote my resignation letter after ten days.I could not bear to see a principal humiliating the teachers in front of the students. My mind was made up,this atmosphere is not my cup of tea.Hence,’Chaman leave this place before it gets any worse.’ But then again I remembered the saying,’Man proposes,God disposes.’ I stayed in that institution for two more years and five days until I got Divine help.
PleaseNote: The third post is”Time To Be Inspired” and the third sentence is:’Personally I can hardly wait to start going through them.’