As luck would have it, schools let out while we were on our way home. Image: the entire four-lane, two way street crowded with teenagers milling about, taking their sweet time walking home. Boys on one side, girls on the other – and a daring few walking down the divider in the middle. *gasp* How rebellious! Seriously. Have you ever seen a peacock strut? Yeah that bad.
So this is the latest conspiracy theory I got an earful of:
[BCT – Brilliant Conspiracy Theorist]
BCT – shooting glares while hunched maliciously over the steering wheel “Will you look at this!? Unbelievable! Since way back when I was in school, girls schools have been right next to the boys schools! And now look what we’re facing.”
S&S – “And what would that be?”
BCT – “Facaade (immorality)! It’s to promote facaade of course! And it’s working! Look at these manazer (sights)” muttering “At least have a 10 minute break in between bells!” muttering continues
S&S – “I highly doubt that. Maybe it’s just convenience. Don’t a lot of teachers teach at both schools? And, besides, a ten minute break wouldn’t stop this (gesturing at the scene). They’ll just wait around.”
BCT – “Only the ones that want to will wait. Look at those girls! They look harassed, ya haram!” said girls’ eyelashes were batting at an alarming rate, with come-hither glances and giggles occasionally shot across the road “And they wouldn’t teach at both if the schools had been further apart! Facaade I tell you. They’re working from the inside.”
S&S – clearly smirking “They? Sounds ominous…”
BCT – picking up on the sarcasm, switches glare to me “Believe what you will.”
I looked again at the teenagers still milling about. Was he right? Well, I will tell you that the testosterone in the air was palpable to the point where a deep breath would have likely given me testosterone poisoning. Done purposefully to promote immorality? Not too sure, but the growing evidence of just that is enough so that I won’t go as far as to rule it out as a possibility. The ideal Islamic society? Hardly.
One day I may just write a post about the infamous Sahat Al-Mata3em (the restaurant square). I swear these kids make me feel like a prude!
What do you think? Conspiracy or convenience? Any observations regarding this?