I was sheltering from light rain in a posh eastern suburbs park, Central Park if you know it. I wasn't far from a dingy toilet block. I vaguely noticed an older woman enter the toilet while the dogs she was walking stayed obediently outside.
My god, what is this, a look I have never seen in East Malvern before. An obviously Moslem woman in Central Park and she is heading for the toilets.
She was dressed in a full length grey robe, with a black overpiece that covered her head as well. I immediately thought she was a letterbox woman with an eye slit, but I could not even see that much. She must have had the gauze over her face, so nothing to be seen.
They grey haired woman in the toilet was of a very middle class variety, typical of the suburb.
This is going to be interesting I thought, and settled back for the show.
The Moslem woman got to the toilets and almost went into the male toilet. She headed around the toilet block to find the women's and then hesitated when she saw the dogs. They proved to be not a threat and she went in. Suddenly the dogs went beserk and rushed into the toilet. Older woman exited the lav in haste.
But this older East Malvern women must have been a 'doctor's wife' (it is probably in the urban dictionary). She was pretending to gather up her dogs but actually waiting for the Moslem woman to come out. When she did, I could see older women smiling and saying something to the Moslem woman. I could not see the Moslem woman smiling or saying anything. :-P The Moslem woman stayed a few seconds as they no doubt discussed scone recipes, children and grandchildren and went off and got into the passenger seat of a large van.
I don't think I have ever seen a Moslem woman in Malvern. Well, maybe I have seen a young Indonesian student lass with a scarf around her head. Me being an adventurous type has seen letter box women in Foootscray and even a couple in the city. I have never seen a fly screen Moslem woman before.
Anyone can get caught short.
Although totally hidden from the world, the Moslem woman moved very confidently, even though she was clearly in unfamiliar territory.
It is surprising how quick the Moslem woman was, when she went about her business, considering her robes.
I would probably have been frightened too and perhaps screamed out. The grim reaper has come for me.
Anyway, I've paid $40 to see a play that I enjoyed less than I did that scene played out before me.