Honestly, when you don’t know something, it’s better to ask than to do something and look stupid. This makes me think of my first experience in a plane. Well, I checked in and followed some old lady until she got on the plane. When it was time to sit, she sat next to someone else and I had to find my way.
I panicked as the air hostess came around asking what everyone wanted. I looked at the tray that was filled with lots of food but the moment she asked me to take my pick; I quickly refrained from taking anything. She insisted on giving me a soft drink but I still declined the offer. Then she asked, “Are you sure?” I replied, “Hey I don’t have the money to pay for anything, I am good.” Everyone stared at me as I listened to the hostess telling me that food was part of the ticket fare.
I quickly covered my head till we got to Entebbe airport where we were supposed to board another plane. Having many relatives in Uganda, I called them to pick me up since my flight was the next morning. I figured planes don’t fly at night; I mean, can they see well? So I headed off and slept till the next morning.
Since my cousin wanted to come, I told her it was so okay. I would carry her on my lap like I always do in the taxi. When I got to the airport, I got lost a little but then found the right place. Imagine my misery when I found out that we were supposed to board the other plane an hour after landing.
The attendant looked at me in amusement when I asked her what time the plane would fill up yet my ticket was even expired. Then she asked me about the child I was with and I told her she would sit next to me since there was a lot of space in the plane.
She looked at me and I could see that she wanted to burst into laughter but politely didn’t. After going back home and telling my story, I realised I was such a joke.