I am at work, i take my tooth brush and tooth paste and go to our bathroom, which sadly is shared between two departments, i squeeze a little paste on my dry brush and start brushing vigorously, looking around, trying to finish up fast before someone comes in…
Bayga booga? 3amla 3amla?
People in Q8 have the weirdest reaction to people who brush their teeth “outside” their homes! Some people glance, disapprovingly, out of the corner of their eyes at your reflection in the mirror… some stand, mouth gaping open in amazement and your audicity to brush your teeth right there and then, some snicker at you, very few people ignore you… and then you overhear two yapping girls dissing you behind your back for “brushing your teeth at work” with a couple of “waaay ambeeeh” and a sprinkle of laughter…
Fact 1: Ma ho 3aib, wala 7ram, walaho dangerous, wala smelly, wala disgusting.
Fact 2: SHE and HER and YOU must be brushing your teeth at work after having breakfast.
Fact 3: I am not baring skin, or doing something hideous like shaving my legs in the bathroom. It’s just a simple hygienic practice intensified by the fact that i wear BRACES and that half my teeth are decayed and the other half is falling off… i really cannot afford NOT to take care of my teeth.
Fact 4: Kaifi! Ok? KAIFI!
If you are someone who stares at an innocent person brushing her/his teeth in a public bathroom… tra ma 3ndokom salfa. It’s teeth brushing, not smoking pot!
Did someone ever stare at you for brushing your teeth outside your house?