Life in the Slow Lane

Life in the Slow Lane

Monday, July 25, 2005

Hot Child In The City

Back in the day when I was going to jewellery school I had a classmate who was originally from Iran. Or Persia as he would say. I can’t remember his name off hand but let’s call him Shazam. I think it rhymed with that somehow. He told me a story that I still remember to this day.

When he and his family very first immigrated to Vancouver they were staying in a low cost downtown hotel. You can well imagine it wasn’t in the best part of town. Each night he would go for a walk in the neighbourhood to familiarise himself with the community as well as practise reading the street signs and local business awnings. As he tells the story each night Shazam would be greeted in a friendly manner by these very pretty women walking along the sidewalks. He thought that the city was so friendly with all these very pretty girls who would say hello to him every night. Not speaking any English Shazam thought Vancouver was an amazing and extraordinary place filled with warm and agreeable people. It was several months before he realised they were prostitutes. But he said the memory of all the nightly hellos and “pretty ladies” still made him smile and made his introduction to a new city much more pleasant and less lonely for him. The area he was staying in is home to our local higher priced streetwalkers who do look very glamorous in the streetlights.

I thought at the time and still think that this story is incredibly sweet. I can just picture a young teenage boy setting out each night in a strange and foreign place and in his total innocence taking comfort and solace in these somewhat questionable ladies and their lipsticked hellos.

I think it must have been magical.


L.Bo said...

That is a sweet story. You never can tell where you will find kindness. And how wonderful that the memory makes him smile still instead of embarassing him.

Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Hey, when you're a stranger in a strange land, a friendly smile is a friendly smile.

I'm just glad his intro was to the GLAMOROUS streetwalkers, and not the ones who are in bizness just to keep that one tooth in their heads and to support the great-grandchildren.

whfropera said...

i can only imagine the stories that come out of HDL's neighborhood, BFE. oh wait - we don't have to imagine - she TELLS us.

Von Krankipantzen said...

lbo-he thought the whole thing was quite humourous and when he told me of his innocence it was without any shame or embarassment.

bucky-you are so right. There is another area where the prozzies are really frightening. His ladies of the night are something out of a movie. Very Julia Roberts.

whfropera- and thank god she does. She does tell a good tale about the hood. I have a couple stories but nothing like hers. I have crazy Estonians living next door.

fueltank said...

I remember his name AND his incessant cheerful whistling! Always happy, that guy. Amin, it was.

See? I have a head full of useless shit.

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Ern said...

There is something quite nice about naievete sometimes.

Squirl said...

That is a sweet story, in a kind of twisted way.

mrtl said...

Could have been a completely different first impression if he had known. I think it's better this way.

sirbarrett said...

This is a lovely story.

abcd said...

I enjoyed your story, a great
diversion for me at the moment.
I stopped by initially to leave
a thanks for your support. While
here I saw your post about my
sister. How very sweet, and I
cried when I read what you wrote.
We all wish you the very best
with your own personal fight.
If you are fighting the Sarah
way, you will be the winner.


Vanessa said...

This story is proof that ignorance is bliss. How cute.