Landed in England.
Know no one.
The best and easiest way to make new acquaintances?
(I don’t like going to church, reasons for another time, but meeting nice people in a public place like a church can be actually fun.)
Walked around town, noting the sermon or bible study times of the churches.
Later I checked my notes.
“Youth reunion, at 8:00pm”
‘Perfect’, I thought. ‘Meeting young people is more invigorating than the elderly. I shall go.’
On the way burdens went through my mind like:
‘Oh man… how will it be? Maybe they are part of a cult! Maybe I shouldn’t go? Maybe I’ll be forced to talk! Maybe they are sinners! Who isn’t anyway? Keep going… What if they are crazy? … ‘
After 10 minutes of painful meditation on my uncertainty, I gave up. Stopped thinking and kept walking.
Something’s very wrong…
Everyone is staring at me.
I’m the only white-boy here.
Everyone is black.
No one is less than 45. (youth)
Run, sprint or sit down?
‘Keep it cool, sit down, and you’ll run later’ I thought.
Some were staring at me, others were playing it cool, hiding their gaze upon me.
‘Keep it cool. No worries, I shall not be kicked, I suppose… but all those years playing GTA San Andreas, watching gangsta’ movies… gangsta’ music… My lips shall slip. I’ll be racist, and I don’t want to be!’
I’m done for.
Palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy, damn spaghetti…
I’m nervous, but on the surface I look calm and ready…
-Hello, she said.
Whaddup’ homie? -reply went trough my head, heh I’m funny.
-Hello, came out my mouth (phew, close one).
-I am pastor ___ what’s your name?
By this time my mind is racing trying to figure out my moves and words for this new environment.
-I am Roland, pleased to meet you. (smooooth)
-Likewise, thank you for coming, we shall commence now, we’ll talk at the end, all right? –she said smiling.
By this time I snap back to reality (Oh there goes gravity), I start smiling, barely holding back my laughter.
Look around one more time.
Some are still staring.
I cool out the tension by looking at them (while inevitably smiling) and giving a head salute.
One by one they smile, and turn around.
In the end 1 hour passed by me having a blast, laughing and enjoying the situation.
I’ve been lied to (by the billboard), but it was definitely worth meeting such nice people.
10/10, went back once more.