craving: a nice evening with my loved ones
salam Alikom (Peace be with you) to all my Muslim readers and Hello to all my non-muslim readers....
The weekend has started in the Middle East. Time to relax with family. I always look forward to Thursdays, especially since it means I get to spend time with my loved ones. It makes me happy and I feel like I am on cloud 9. I was at one of my best friends yesterday and when driving back home I was at a stop light and I passed the Singaporean embassy.I told my daughter, "Hey! I am sure the American Embassy is around here." So, here we go looking for it. I was totally lost. How do you get lost on a small island? Believe me, you do if you don't know the area. Thank God I didn't panic like I did a year before. I had just started driving in UAE and I didn't know the way around. No tears last night, I was confident I would get outta there. I did. Pheww..
Anyways, back to the American Embassy. As I was driving to find it, I looked around and we were driving down some back streets. It looked like a really nice place and had so many trees, I thought I was back in TEXAS. You usually just see tons of palm trees here in UAE, not other kinds. But there were so many other kind of trees. If I pretended to be in TEXAS, it would of worked. As I drove and drove the trees started becoming palm trees. I snapped back into reality. Just for that moment, a part of UAE could of passed for my back yard in Texas. I just had to have the Tejano music going and country music blaring and it would of worked.
Isn't it funny how much life changes? We grow up and move on and go places we had no idea about. I never thought in a million years I would be moving to the Middle East, married to a man of another culture and living my life away from the ones I love. No siree, I didn't think this. But, here I am happy as ever. Living a life that's so different than I lived in Texas. Do I like it? Heck ya, I do. I have to say, I love all the opportunists I have to meet so many people from all over the world. It's awesome. I've met more people here in the years I've lived away from Texas, than in my life. It's really exciting to met different cultures. Shows that you're not the only culture in this world. Me being Mexican/American and the majority in Texas, I was a tiny bit spoiled. However, when we went out of Texas, I saw the real life. I realized what life's about. It's a cruel world out there. But, I would do it again in a heart beat. I wouldn't change a thing. Not a thing.
I like my simple, but interesting life here in UAE. I often think what I would be doing back in Texas and not married to my soul mate. I can tell you what I might of been doing now. I would of been working my bum off and trying to make ends meet. Paying a mortgage and car payment that's over my head and living my life like a robot. Of course this is the will of God that I am here. Alhamdulilah (Thank you God) I am blessed to be Muslim and be married to a Muslim man.
Women have so many rights in Islam. We're simply blessed. Rewind back to the American Embassy, I wanted to take a picture of the American Flag, but after we didn't find it, I was happy- happy that I didn't find it. I don't need to take a picture of the American flag (Wish they had the TEXAS flag) to remember where I came from. It's always going to be in my heart. I love my America, but not as much as UAE.
Final Whisper: Wafa said; home is where the heart is and your heart is with your husband and family. So, there you are.
I couldn't agree with you more, Wafa.
Please go visit, Wafa's blog. It's awesome.