Nice story

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by transformtriumph, May 5, 2007.

  1. transformtriumph

    transformtriumph New Member

    World Peace

    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. Shun dow-a, shu- biduck habibti, stani stani schway, min fadlick, Sho bit se-wee?

    The minute she heard any words she knew -- however poorly used - She stopped crying.

    She thought our flight had been cancelled entirely. She needed to be in El Paso for some major medical treatment the Following day. I said no, no, we're fine, you'll get there, just late, Who is picking you up? Let's call him and tell him. We called her son and I spoke with him in English. I told him I would stay with his mother till we got on the plane and Would ride next to her -- southwest.

    She talked to him. Then we called her other sons just for the fun of it. Then we called my dad and he and she spoke for a while in Arabic and Found out of course they had ten shared friends.

    Then I thought just for the heck of it why not call some Palestinian Poets I know and let them chat with her. This all took up about 2 hours.

    She was laughing a lot by then. Telling about her life. Answering Questions.

    She had pulled a sack of homemade mamool cookies -- little powdered Sugar crumbly mounds stuffed with dates and nuts -- out of her bag -- And was offering them to all the women at the gate. To my amazement, not a single woman declined one. It was like a Sacrament. The traveler from Argentina, the traveler from California, The lovely woman from Laredo -- we were all covered with the same powdered sugar

    And then the airline broke out the free beverages from huge coolers -- Non-alcoholic -- and the two little girls for our flight, one African American, one Mexican American -- ran around serving us all apple juice And lemonade and they were covered with powdered sugar too.

    And I noticed my new best friend -- by now we were holding hands -- Had a potted plant poking out of her bag, some medicinal thing,

    With green furry leaves. Such an old country traveling tradition. Always Carry a plant. Always stay rooted to somewhere.

    And I looked around that gate of late and weary ones and thought, This is the world I want to live in. The shared world.

    Not a single person in this gate -- once the crying of confusion stopped -- has seemed apprehensive about any other person.

    They took the cookies. I wanted to hug all those other women too. This can still happen anywhere. Not everything is lost.

    by Naomi Shihab Nye
     
  2. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Site Moderator

    Thank you, typical teen. That is beautiful. :crying:
     
  3. Big Bad Kitty

    Big Bad Kitty lolcat

    typical teen, that was the lovliest thing I have read in a very long time.
     
  4. hearthope

    hearthope New Member

    Thanks for sharing

    There is hope.......
     
  5. nlg319

    nlg319 New Member

    Warms my heart and soothes my soul...Thank you.
     
  6. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    What a wonderful story-thanks for sharing.
     
  7. Fran

    Fran Former Site Owner

    <span style='font-size: 11pt'>typical teen you had me going. I thought this was a story about you and your experience.
    It's a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing. </span>
     
  8. Kathy813

    Kathy813 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Fran,

    I thought the same thing! I was really impressed that typical teen spoke Arabic. I thought it was a little something that she had never shared on the board.

    It wasn't until I got to the very end that I realized it was someone else's story. :hammer:

    I did enjoy it, though.

    ~Kathy
     
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