Are any of y'all keeping tabs with what is going on in Egypt? I know many people in the world are very interested (at least in the Middle East), but I'm a realist and have lived in America long enough (so, OK, my whole life) to know people here are generally more interested in the latest celebrity news and their favorite TV shows than world events. (Am I wrong?) Today I watched President Hosni Mubarak as he shattered his people's hopes by clinging to power despite their days of demonstrations against his corrupt and dictatorial ways. I really felt sad for them especially when I saw pictures like these from the BBC Arabic site. I've often been good at putting myself in others' places. Not fully. I don't know that anyone can fully understand another's predicament, but I do have a very tender spot for people who are struggling for a variety of reasons. If I've read something you've written about a hardship in your life, chances are my heart has hurt for you. So seeing those pictures and recognizing the disappointment on faces especially after there was some news earlier in the day that Mubarak might be announcing his resignation...well, I just sympathize with those wanting to be free and wanting opportunities they've been denied most of their lives.
I've been posting articles on Facebook and probably driving everyone nuts (Thankfully there is a "hide all posts from Susanne" option on FB that I'm sure many have enjoyed!), but I find so many things interesting that I just want to share! Some have led to "interesting talks" which have helped me further articulate what I believe and why. It's challenging though when people you knew years ago suddenly wonder about you. I'm not used to that as I'm rather a conformist. A nice little southern, Baptist girl who didn't rock the boat much. Oh, why am I changing now?!
Two years ago today was our last day in Damascus. I was thinking of that earlier because - although I know it's not wise to live in the past - there are some things I simply don't want to forget. That day was such a sad one for me, but it was also full of special events. Damascus and more importantly the wonderful people there have remained in my heart ever since. I felt in Syria as if I'd come to my second home. I miss so much about it and hope one day to return, Inshallah (God willing) as they would say there. I remember as we were traveling home on Wednesday, February 11, 2009. I was incredibly tired, but unable to sleep well on the plane. I was emotional from tiredness and the fact I just had to leave great friends who would remain over six thousand miles from me. And when the Turkish steward guy on the airplane would come by offering chai, I would have tears running down my face because it reminded me of all the cups of sweet, hot tea I'd shared with friends and been offered even by workers in the hammam during men's hours! And then when I opened the lunch they gave me, and saw a packet of lemon juice and olive oil....tears again. My Syrian friends liked these things! *waaah*
Today was a milestone birthday for my sister and my cousin. They arrived on the same day in the same year and assured me that I would not be the only granddaughter in the Truax clan. Before they were born I was one girl amongst six grandsons! Eh, the boys were fun though. Really. I have great memories of traipsing through the woods and playing down by the river with my twin cousins and my brother when we'd visit South Carolina. Also I'd play football with them. The American kind.
Did I ever tell y'all I got the nickname "Bruiser" while playing high school basketball? Maybe I've always had a little aggressive streak in me. :)