I find trouble parking almost every day; it's only natural in Cairo.
Even where I work, where I actually have my very own parking space, I drive into the parking lot to find big SUVs blocking my way!! Moreover, they have that huge thing covered in an ugly green cloth making it harder for me to get into my space.
It's only natural that I walk all the way from the parking lot into the building with a serious face, if not a frown.
Until i see the old security man, I say "Salamo 3aleikom"... he nods, smiles back and says "Wa 3alekom al salam ya benty"... I give him my brightest smile as I walk towards the elevators.
It's fair to say, this man makes me smile all the way up. And as I take the elevator back down at the end of the day, I have that smile on my face as I pass by his desk and say "Salamo 3aleikom", and he answers back "ma3 al salama ya benty"
There is something extremely peaceful about his calm wrinkled face and his warm smile; it gives the greeting more meaning that way!
God bless him.