By Fareeha Qayoom
e usually wake up between five and six as a rule in our household – Shela, Adnan and I (my siblings) – we ensure the kids get ready for school on time with minimum of hassles – we hate waking their mom (Farrah) up because she is like a headless chicken in the mornings and causes mayhem and a mad-frenzy chasing mythical socks, school uniforms and non-existent school lunches while she screams and shouts at the kids and anyone in her way. She is truly a scary sight early in the mornings. So we prefer taking care of things ourselves.
The kids (my nephews and niece) have to get there by 7:15 am. They don’t like going to sleep and are slow to awake in the mornings. This morning, it was pretty gray so the kids refused to get out of bed. They kept stalling and stalling. Shela’s (comparative mild) screams and shouts (in comparison to Farrah) didn’t work either. My eldest nephew (another sister’s son who is staying with us because of school and stuff) didn’t dress warm – he was in his ‘cool dude’ mode. I found it strange. He assured me he was wearing a sweater under his shirt. Yeah…two thin layers of tees. The sun was still not out and it was around 7:10 am. The kids refused to get ready – it was so depressing. So Shela finally decided to drop our cool dude off since he was the only one ready and willing to go to school. The rest unilaterally took a day off. Adnan is on leave too. The kids conveniently thought I would take a day off too…I wish.
In spite of the fact that I had plenty of time for office – I kept stalling and stalling and stalling too…Finally, I decided to leave the house around 8:55 am. The sun was still not out. Before I left for work I decided to record this foggy moment. It was officially the first day of fog in Lahore, hence, a historic moment. Sorry about the bad photos.
Things were not so bad. There was some visibility. However, there were worse patches of fog – the area around Total Fueling Station located in Y sector, especially the main cross road that connects the double letter sectors with Y was totally shrouded in mist. The cars coming out of there had their full lights on…the visibility was pretty low too. I thought I should take another photo from my cell phone but I decided against it…because it was kind of awkward to stand my car in the middle of the road and take another photo while you couldn’t really see anything.
Things improved the minute I left DHA. The canal road was surprisingly not that bad either…I got there by 9:30 am. (Remember I didn’t have to drop Adnan off – only then it takes me a minimum of 45 minutes to an hour to get to work).
Thank God, no accidents or bad moments to report. Unfortunately, one of my colleagues reported an accident when he got to work. Apparently, a few people had been injured badly on his way to work. He also got there at 10:00 am.
I also saw a news report on GEO news feed on the net that reported that two people died today because of fog. One motorist came under a truck on Multan Road because of low visibility and one person died in a bad accident somewhere over Ravi Bridge I think it said.
Kind of a scary weather – I hear they are having problems in Europe too…and they say climate change is a scary story – just a myth, no basis in reality. Hmmm…
The fog comes
On little cat feet.
It sits looking
Over harbor and city
On silent haunches
And then moves on.
Carl Sandburg ■