Sunday, December 30, 2007

Reasons for Not Posting & Updates

There is a reason why I haven't been posting. Partly because Hassan was here for a few weeks, and partly because Aunt Olfat was very ill and I just couldn't find anything else to post about and thought my postings might have been too depressing at the time. There is a third reason, which I will not talk about, but those of you know emailed me privately or asked about me and I thank you.

Hassan's visit was very nice but much too quick. It seemed as though as soon as he came, he had to leave. Oh well, such I life I guess.

Aunt Olfat passed away two weeks ago. I can't believe it -- even though I expected her to pass after her battle, it was still such a shock when I heard the news. May Allah have mercy on her and grant her into Paradise. I am a firm believer that whoever suffers and fights like she and my mother did, is purged of their sins. I don't know if this is true or not, or just hope on my part for forgiveness. I guess this can be saved for another blog entry.

Mira's been off of school for one week and returns today. Alhamdulillah. She has been delightful this past week and at the same time I look forward to getting back to my quilting -- I'm in the process of attempting half square triangles.

Insha'Allah I will start teaching English lessons very soon. I am very happy to get back to work, and although it's only part-time it gets my foot back in the door. I don't know what else to do -- work is all I know or at least that's what I like to do. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy being at home, but all of my plans have had trouble getting off the ground. I'm still hoping someone will take me to Attaba to go shopping one day soon. I have had offers without any results. Oh well.

I don't know when Hassan will be coming back. That is all up in the air and we are always kicking around ideas of us moving back to the US. Actually, our house is back on the market. It is tempting, yes, but the answer is no because we've become so accustomed to life here and life back in the country would seem too isolating for us.




Ahmed Al-Sabbagh said...

very goood!

happy new year


Layla said...

Marian - so glad you finally posted. I was a little worried about you! I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Olfat. She sounded like a wonderful woman. May she rest in peace.

You better stay in Egypt! I am returning next Christmas and I need someone to visit!!! LOL :D I can't wait to see you and Mira. If you need anything, please let me know. I will have LOTS of room.

Take care of you and send lots of hugs to Mira!!

Love and Hugs!!

karen said...

Hey, I am glad you posted. I have been waiting to hear from you. I am VERY sorry to hear that Aunt Olfat passed. I know you will miss her very much. She was someone that you grew to love and even though she is not in any more pain, she left you a very sore heart and I know that her legacy of love will be something that you will remember and cherish. Mira too.
Text or call when you get the chance. I have not been able to get up with you and have been worried. Let me know what is going on please.
Happy New Year, love you,

Marian said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. I really appreciate them.

Anonymous said...


Glad to hear from you but very sorry to hear of your loss. Take care and know you have my love & prayers.


Cairogal said...

So sorry to hear about Aunt Olfat. You always wrote so affectionately about her. I've been worried about you, so I'm happy to see you posting again. Take care of you, M.

Marian said...

Laura - Thanks - It was quite an experience especially since it was an Islamic funeral. Love. Marian

Cairogal - Thanks - I'm ok. I didn't understand Aunt Olfat at first but as I got to know her I understood her unconditional love and affection and gifts of sharing no matter what. You know she never got angry at me even though she said she was angry. We would laugh it off every time. Love. Marian