I was out with my mom and sister in Hawally late Thursday afternoon to pick up a few supplies. It was very hot and we just wanted to get home soon enough but right then our car broke down in the middle of the street at the traffic light. We were on Beirut street and it was a rush hour. Every time the cars would stop at the traffic light, we would ask the nearby drivers if they had the jumper cables since the car wouldn’t start. But no one helped and on the contrary they would pass by angry and honking loudly as if we stopped the car on purpose!
With no AC, the temperature was rising and so were our tempers. Finally we found the number of a garage and they sent a tow truck to pick up the car and we took a cab home. I was only imagining that if this happened during Ramadan, the whole street would be a mess with nonstop honking, shouting and fighting. A little tolerance and helpfulness makes a big difference.