There is an old Arabic saying that goes…
“If you mash garlic without salt, you will be haunted by your mother-in-law.” (thanks to Teta Abla for this one)
One thing I have always loved about Palestine is the attention to small details in homes and buildings (older homes and buildings) that make them beautiful. Floor tiles are a good example of this:
Another example is the color used on the steel arched doors that are everywhere in the old stone buildings
Ordinary things are interesting from my perspective
I take pictures of anything that isn’t like it was before—-in my life in America.
Snippets of life from the car windows
Here is a typical assortment of our groceries: (almost familiar, but not quite)
One of the hardest parts about the cost (human and otherwise) of living here is that much of what you might want to buy is not made in Palestine. In fact, a good deal is Israeli. We have gotten rid of most of the products that are Israeli in our household, but one thing consistently has no good solution: vegetables that my kids will eat. We don’t get nearly enough greens in our own diets, much less in our picky eater kids’ diets. The only green they will consent to eat and not seek to rid their meal of (picture Laila digging through cheese and pasta to find the bits of spinach to toss on the floor) is broccoli. And there is no Palestinian broccoli that we have found yet. So occasionally we buy Israeli broccoli. Terrible, I know, but there is only so much supplemental greens powder I can convince my kids to drink in their apple juice. But imagine, this broccoli is probably grown by the worst offenders of the occupation: the settlers. This broccoli is grown by people who hate us. I sometimes have to wonder if the good from the vitamins and minerals in the broccoli is negated by it’s source. If I am right about the source of the broccoli, and I may not be, it will be the first thing I have ever knowingly eaten that was prepared for me by someone who truly, fundamentally and ideologically hates me. Pondering.
(mom thought and yoga thought back next post)