A nice story to start the weekend with in the world apparently full of suspicion and fear.
After learning my flight was detained 4 hours, I heard the announcement: If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immediately.
Well—one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I went there.
An older woman in full traditional Palestinian dress, just like my grandma wore, was crumpled to the floor, wailing loudly. Help, said the flight service person. Talk to her. What is her problem? We told her the flight was going to be four hours late and she did this.
I put my arm around her and spoke to her haltingly.
Shu dow-a, shu- biduck habibti, stani stani schway, min fadlick, sho bit se-wee?
شو دعاء , شو بدك حبيبتي , استني استني شوي , من فضلك , شو بتساوي
Translation: “Duaa (girl’s name) what do you want honey , wait, wait a second , please , what are…
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4 thoughts on ““Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal.” – By Naomi Shihab Nye”
Beautiful…why can’t the “news” do stories like that?
I suspect there is more money in fear and hate. It keep folks glued to the tv or radio for more.
My friend David has recently gone back to work at an office supply store. He told me recently that most of the people who come in with computer problems are ultra-conservative, and he attributes a lot of their computer issues to hanging out on conservative news sites. Beautiful irony.
I’ve noticed that with a few relatives of mine. They pass on these crazy emails infested with scripts and viruses. My work email usually won’t even let them through the firewall.