Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The clock is ticking and I want it to stop

I am really nervous about Hassan leaving for the US. I told him that I cannot imagine living here without him - for obvious reasons, but mostly because I love him and will miss him terribly. He and I have never been apart for this amount of time - maybe 2-3 weeks when he would travel to Cairo on vacation, but not longer. And definitely not apart when it comes to parenting. We believe in the tag-team approach to parenting. I don't know how Mira will take this. She is not saying much right now, but come tomorrow and Thursday she will be devastated that he is leaving.

All I care about is Hassan's safety. I have to worry about him again in the States where crime is much higher than it is here. In Egypt, everyone is safe anytime of the day or night - together in groups or alone - woman or man. There is absolutely no tolerance for crime in this country. I don't know if that's good or bad. An American teacher in my school last year was carjacked on her way to school. She went to the police station and they immediately pummeled the man who carjacked her. Interesting. I'm not saying it's right, but it's sort of a relief that there is a zero tolerance policy.

Sure Hassan will be able to shop in the US for a few things I want - Bath and Body Works moisturizer, Yankee candles, whatever it is that Mira wants - within reason of course, some embroidery machine supplies, and the old standard of "3 buck Chuck." Hassan said that he will drive to Waldorf at some point and get some really good steaks.

I need to look on the bright side of this and make the best of it - it's only for 3 or 4 months and when he returns it will almost be spring here - sandstorm season but who cares as long as my habibi (sweetheart) is back safely in Cairo.




Anonymous said...

Send me an email so that I can get in touch with Hassan. It will be nice to see him.

Layla said...

Marian :)

Oh I know what you are going through right now. Big hugs to you.

I can't believe it has been almost 6 months since I have been away from Mo. It seems like only yesterday I was hugging him goodbye at the airport...

Believe me, the time will go fast and before you know it, your hubby will be home.

Always thinking about you :) Miss you so much!

Take care and lots of hugs!!

Marian said...

Tom, I will send you Hassan's phone numbers once he gets settled. Worldspace would be a good start. I want to know if you are still in Silver Spring.

Layla, You are making my initial separation a little easier. I keep telling myself "If Layla can do it, I can do it." Thank you for being a part of my life! Ma'salaam.