Monday, September 16, 2013

Instant Recognition Factor

If one had to stick the outline of say, Australia, or the UK, onto a shirt, they would look like you spilled gravy on your clothing and tried to wipe it clean - probably...

But stick the outline of Africa onto a shirt and it's instantly recognisable. 

I have a story to back this up.  These are both mine and worn often. 
In this account I was wearing the one on the right with the colourful stripes.


Just the other day I was walking through the city wearing this shirt, and a black guy with a beautiful face, big smile and bright eyes was standing outside a restaurant handing out flyers to passers-by for the eating place.

As I approached him, he called out,  "Hey Africa!"  I smiled, waved and walked towards him.

Our conversation went like this:

Me:   "Hey, yes - Africa!  Best place ever!  Where are you from?"
Him:  "I'm from Ghana!"
Me:   "Oh! I loved your soccer team in the 2010 World Cup! When we were out, I supported Ghana!"
Him:  "Where are you from?"
Me:   "South Africa"
Him:  "Ahhhhhhh --- Bafana Bafana!"

We both laughed together, and I said ---- "Yes! Sometimes very good, sometimes very bad!"
He agreed.

I took the pamphlet, we said good bye and wished each other a good day.

It was just a precious minute or two in a day that left me smiling, feeling all warm and fuzzy.

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7 comments:

  1. Totally get why you felt warm and fuzzy.
    Those little encounters when you're far from home are wonderful.
    Bet it made his day too ;-)

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  2. What a lovely encounter. Love your Africa top.

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  3. Ah, awesome moment! And yes, our African outline is completely unique. I am trying to think of somehow incorporating it on canvas for some wall art for my home.

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  4. Lovely idea! I am sure you will come up with something stunning. Maybe you can share it with us when you do. :)

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  5. Lovely idea! I am sure you will come up with something stunning. Maybe you can share it with us when you do. :)

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