In April 2005 we moved to Cairo. Right after our move we had the most amazing several days of thunderstorms Cairo had not experienced in a long time - or so we were told. To me it meant change. Hassan's Aunt Fatma said we brought this weather with us. And I said oh yes, the Amins have moved to Cairo, definitely. To me it meant change.
Yesterday afternoon around 4:00 p.m. the thunder and lightning started again. We had the most amazing thunderstorms last night all night long. Of course I'm not soothed by saying "At least we're not in Maryland." Our property was struck by lightning when we first moved to our new house in Maryland in 2000. Not many areas of the country can surpass the area of Southern Maryland where we lived and experienced ferocious thunderstorms, tornadoes, and even a hurricane. No, we're not in Maryland but we are in the middle of the desert on the top floor with many electrical wires just above us on the roof.
When I woke up this morning, the thunderstorms were still rolling through, but the smell of clean air and the lush green garden down below made everything ok. I don't know how Mira has managed to sleep through the entire night; I mean even with the windows open she didn't wake up once.
Well there is change in the air. I don't know what kind of change; it is the change of seasons as one can only hope for cooler weather and a few clouds in the sky to block the sun once in awhile.
There is another change in the air. I think that the next few weeks will bring some answers to questions that we've had on our minds for awhile. There may be a few good-byes along the way; and the time will be bittersweet.
While I am anxious about the upcoming weeks, I know in my heart that Allah is the Best Planner and All Knowing.