First Published: Sep.06.2018
A story by Laleh Chini:
When I was little, used to get car sick even during short drives. I always had rolled down the window and let my head out to get fresh air. One day, my grandmother had a lunch party.
There were many different family members who I hadn’t seen before. The party was very formal and we had to be on our best behavior.
There was an old woman who was very important to my grandmother so we all had to be extra polite around her.
When the party was finished, my grandmother asked my father to give the old woman a ride on our way home. We all said our goodbyes and got into the car with a few other family members to give them rides as well. The respected old lady, my sister, aunts, cousins and I were all stuffed up in the back seat of the car.
This happened 40 years ago where there was no law for wearing seat belts in Iran, and no one cared how many people would ride in one single car. We usually had ten to sixteen family members in one car; honestly, I have no idea how we did that but there must have been more peace and love back then.
So, my father started driving. We were still trying to be polite in front of that old lady. I didn’t feel very good, my car sickness was getting worse every minute, I wasn’t able to get closer to the window as the car was very crowded and I was feeling all the food I had at the party in the back of my throat.
As soon as I opened my mouth to tell my mother that I didn’t feel good, I threw up on that old lady; the most respected member of our family.
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