Elevator Buttons

In Apia, there are approximately 6-7 elevators. Yesterday, I was thrown back into reality of how a simple thing as operating an elevator is still a foreign experience for our own people, an elderly lady entered the parking entrance of the Government building in Apia and was going to level 1, Eira and I had to get off at ground level (our inability to walk up 1 flight of stairs…is something else) but as we stepped off the elevator this lady became very scared and started to shake visibly, Eira held onto the door from closing and the lady asked with a tear in her eye how she was supposed to get to level 1.  We had pressed the button for her and asked her if she would like us to take her.  Thankfully, we led her out until she found the office she was searching for.

If you are ever in Samoa and you wonder why there is a guy working inside the elevator to press the buttons – its because of incidents like this. Our people are not stupid, our people are not unable to learn simple processes like this – fact (a) we don’t have many multiple level buildings (b) stairs is still the most commonly used access points for multiple level buildings (c) if you haven’t been overseas in which elevators are almost in every building this experience is usually a rare kind for our people.

Its sometimes the simplest things that I’ve taken for granted all my life, is the strongest reality check of where I am now and how greatful I am.

Just a thought…

0 thoughts on “Elevator Buttons

  1. AWWW this reminds me of my friend whos here on scholarship @ uni from samoa. After class one day we went to mcdz ..maccas what ever lol to get there you got to jump on an escalator. I jumped on she did too on the way up she just gripped the hand rail she froze apologised sat down curled herself into a ball. Wasnt til we got up that she told me it was her 1st time on the SITEPU ALU ILE UILA (steps or stairs that run on electricity lmao) That was nice of you and your friend Kilifi to help that lady you are totaly right our people are not stupid. Well written but im still jelous from the day i saw that guy operating the lift i want his cruisy job.lol

  2. I had a similar story, as that retold by memoirs_of_seki, told to me by my uncle. He was at Auckland airport on his first visit to NZ from Samoa. He said he stood at the escalators for a good 5 mins staring at it. I thought, “were you too pala’ai?” Instead my uncle said no wonder the Samoans in NZ are so fat! They have stairs that move for them! Great read screamingtree.

  3. aw shot! thanks Seki, i agree that was a very nice thing of me to do LMFAO!…*awoi!!!* fia Tama Matu fo’i – but really, its the automatic thing to do when you see an older Samoan – (correction) older person – PERIOD. it was just one of those rip-my-heart-out ones to see an older person cry.. (I swear, if an old person cries..thats always a terrible thing to see)

    and LOL @ Zila!!! dang, I never thought about it and I’m not a doctor but it could be good thing to enforce LOL, banning the use of elevators as the cause for Samoans being fat in New Zealand haha..

    thanks heaps!!

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