Picture by Danilo Rizutti
Assalam alaikum wr wb, sisters and brothers,
So I’m on my way out of the city of my birth, never to call it my home ever again. My husband is happy and excited, well, because he loves me, bless his heart.
Me, I’m caught between excitement and fear. Sometimes, even anger.
I’ve been wondering why I feel so powerless. I wonder where the tide of life has taken me as if I were so much driftwood.
And anger fools me into thinking that I will gain power again, by rage and intimidation.
But that’s not true.
The fact of the matter is, I made a choice – and a truly blessed one it was too Mashallah. As with most choices, there are changes. I always knew these changes would come. I just didn’t think it would come so quickly and they might even hurt a little.
After some reflection and prayer, I’m at peace with my choice now. I‘ve started to notice things about my beautiful city – the tall buildings, the hundreds of different kinds of people. This afternoon, I watched the patrons of a roadside cafeteria with fascination for a good half hour, making up stories about the uncommonly well-dressed delivery boy and the smoking colleagues.
I’ll miss these winding streets, so familiar I could drive through them with my eyes closed (I won’t, I promise). I’ll miss these strange but familiar people, from all over the world, just as confused and in-between as I am.
I’ll miss my mama in the morning, grinning so wide her drenches almost fall out, standing in the yard waving my dad goodbye.
I’ll miss my silly older brother and his Xbox and obsessive TV watching.
I’ll miss daddy, bionic eyes, slow driving and all.
When I’ve finally learned to love you as you are, it is time for me to leave.
So long, Dubai. I’ve loved you since I was a child. And I always will.
Wassalam and Fee Amanillah,
The Happy (though tearful) Muslimah.