Wednesday, 9 May 2012
I was on the dolmuş coming back from Milas this morning. As we left the town and were on the main road we were flagged down by a little old lady. She must have been around 90 if she was a day. She was typically Turkish dressed...shalwar, headscarf, etc. She had a tablecloth strapped to her back, containing whatever it was she was transporting from A to B, as do many Turkish village women, and she got on the dolmus with the help of her stick, which was once the branch of a tree by the looks of it.
She told the driver she wanted to get off at the top of the hill, just before we turn off the main road to the villages.
There were seven or eight other people on the bus. A mobile phone started to ring. And this was what was unexpected...the old lady produced the phone from her shalwar pocket. You just don't expect someone like her to have a mobile phone...totally out of character.
She put it to her ear...without pressing any keys....it continued to ring while she shouted "Mehmet" into it. Others on the bus told her to press the answer key. She ignored them and carried on shouting to Mehmet until the phone stopped. This happened again...twice...and each time everyone on the bus was shouting at her to press the answer key. But she just ignored them and carried on shouting.
She then passed the phone to a woman sitting behind me and asked her to ring Mehmet. The woman couldn't find the number, and passed the phone to another passenger, who also couldn't find the number, and the phone continued to be passed around the bus, and then back to the old woman.
She put the phone to her ear, without pressing any keys and proceeded to shout "Mehmet" into it.
We reached the top of the hill. The bus stopped for the old lady to get off. We all watched as she walked away from the bus, still happily shouting "Mehmet" into the phone, at which point everyone, including me, burst into laughter.
I wonder who Mehmet is? Maybe he gave her the phone but forgot to show her how to use it. Or perhaps he did, and she refused to listen to him, like she refused to listen to everyone on the bus.