Monday, July 09, 2007

Hassan returned to the US once again. I don't know how long he'll be gone - he doesn't know yet either. It seems as though we can't seem to decide on what to do long term.

In the meantime, I'm trying to keep Mira busy so I enrolled her in swimming classes 3 nights a week for 1 1/2 hours each so she can compete in swimming competitions in the future. She loves swimming, and it's taken some convincing to get her back in the program. When Hassan was here she had no interest in swimming, just spending time with Hassan.

Mira's swimming training begins at 8 pm three nights a week. It's a wonderful time to swim because the sun has set, and I get to enjoy some quiet time alone. But it seems as though my quiet time alone has just gotten to be too much for me.

Maybe it's adjusting to Hassan being gone, or not working over the summer, but it seems as though my friends have all but disappeared. I have two friends that I can count on over the summer, but even they are busy with their own families and work.

My friends from school are traveling, and we get to stay in touch through emails and blog postings.

I have always had a difficult time making friends with Egyptian women. I don't know why, but I just don't get along with them or they don't get along with me. It's not that I don't want to be friends with Egyptian women, but our points of view are too different to ever find common ground, at least that's my opinion.

I won't give up on making friends, though. You never know what an individual is like until you get to know them.

Ma'salaam,

~Marian

5 comments:

Cairogal said...

Hang in there, M. I'm sure you'll make friends, though it does take time. Is it through work that you've been struggling to make friends? So many women there have a lifelong network, which often includes more family members than anything else. Finding women at the same stage of life as yourself w/ the same priorities would be difficult for any woman in your shoes. chin up :)

Val said...

Marian -
I am still here. Just going through some tough times right now and have been distracted. Just know you are not far from my thoughts.

karen Jenners said...

And you know you still have me! I was texting you between xrays today.. sonogram mammo.. everything fine and hip xray... it seems that Arthur is visiting me earlier in my life than I wanted him to... So, Arthur Itis is gonna just have to pack his bags and move on.... hopefully soon! I did not know Hassan was already back... Tomorrow I drive to NYC and pick up Matt, it seems that the girlfriend and the job are both kaput and he is ready to move back to CA and get his life back together... I hope this time it works... and he will be able to work at what his certification is in...hyperbaric chamber med tech... we will see... anyway, keep your chin up and keep texting me... you have friends, and you know I can always send you something to keep you busy! xoxoxo Karen

Anonymous said...

Hi Marian. I've been trying to figure out how to e-mail you. How can I find your e-mail address? I'd love to get back in touch.

Take care,
Connie Arnett Ward

Marian said...

Cairogal - Thanks for the words of encouragement. Actually work makes it easier for me to make friends; it's around Rehab that I have difficulty. I am trying to work it out though.

Val - I hope you are ok. I will try to email you privately to talk. Thanks for your comment. I think of you everyday.

Karen - Arthur!? Yes, well, I don't know him, but Hassan is a good friend of his. I hope you are ok. I have been keeping myself busy this summer by using my new PED embroidery design downloads -- I'm going nuts w/ embroidery. There's no stopping me at this point.

Thank you all for your words of support. I am blessed to have you all as my friends.

Love, Marian