Saturday, November 11, 2006

Change is in the air -- In more ways than one

On Election night, November 7, my youngest sister in the US sent me the following message on my mobile: “I just voted and change is in the air.” I thought this would be the perfect title to a blog entry concerning the elections.

Thursday morning, Hassan phoned me at school and said that he heard from his boss in the US and they want him for a contracted period of 90 days, beginning as soon as possible. Now that's "change in the air."

When we moved here a year and a half ago I was told by women in my email groups that I needed to wait a year or two -- you will see your husband go back to the US and you will want to stay in Egypt. I thought no way -- Hassan is so happy here he would never go back to the US for a good job. I will be the first to leave and take Mira with me and he can stay here in Cairo. I got close to leaving a couple of time but never followed through on any urges. In all honesty, the move from the US to Cairo just about drained every emotion out of my heart.

Well, those words are ringing true and I cannot stop and think about how right the women are in my situation when it comes to an American being married to an Egyptian.

Since yesterday we have been making lists of things to take, things to buy, things to do before leaving Cairo, things to do in the US, and things to bring back.

In the meantime we are making sure "all our ducks are in a row."

Insha’Allah it will all work out.




Layla said...


Wow! I can't believe you are going to be in the USA!!! Are you excited?

When u get back here, give me your phone number and I will call you :) We have so much to catch up!

Take care and lots of hugs!

Cairogal said...

So it's only for 3 months? PErhaps that's the best of both worlds. Back here to enjoy the things you missed, and then back to Egypt.

lifeAgift said...

I'll be visiting Egypt (Zagazig) with my Egyptian hubby in FEB or March. I would love to be in contact with soem folkas ahead of time to ease my transition. We are discussing the potential of liveing trans continentally for a few years.

Like you blog by the way. : )

Marian said...

Layla - No, I am not going - only Hassan. Mira and I are staying here because of school and because of the ability to save money if we are here and Hassan is in the US. Otherwise it wouldn't be cost effective. Hope you and Zane are keeping warm in PA! Love.

Marian said...

Cairogal - I am staying here - sad to say. Hassan and I will be apart. I heard this happens to many families in my situation. It won't be long til he comes back or we join him. Thanks for reading my blog :)

Marian said...

Lifeagift - Thanks for visiting and posting a comment. Of course, you are more than welcome to contact me when you are here. my email is As your trip gets closer and you email me, I will give you my mobile number. If there is any help you need, let me know. It takes time to living here -- even visiting. It can be very overwhelming. Ma'salaam

Karen said...

:( I am sad that you are not coming with Hassan... I was hoping that you were coming too... I would have driven to see you vs. you having to travel.... dang it... Anyway, tell Hassan if he needs anything while he is here to let me know... We have a finished out basement etc.etc. that he can stay for a few while he makes arrangements if he does not have a place yet... xoxoxoxox karen

Marian said...

Karen - thank you so much! I wish I was coming too just to see you and my family. Honestly. Thanks for the offer to have Hassan stay with you; he's staying with Stoney. Remember him? Anyways, I'm sure Hassan will call you -- I am making sure he gets together with you during his stay. I have some things to give you. :) I love you and miss you.

Val said...

Marian -
I wish you were coming - it would have been great to see you after so long a time. Keep in touch and let me know if you happened to be coming back here in the near future.


Marian said...

Val - I wish I could see you too! Actually I thought of you when Hassan said he was leaving for work. I know it's been so long, but hopefully I will make it soon. Maybe in the spring. My plans to visit always change - it was going to be Jan but with Hassan leaving I will have to wait. Hope you are well. Think of you very often! Love, Marian