Friday, July 28, 2006

the question of the day

Yesterday M. (9) asked me if I had books in English he could read. He said the little thin books he has are too boring and that he needs" to read something thick in English". So while I was giving him the books, the younger kids insisted that they wanted to read too. I told them that they were too young to read. But they didn't agree, so I asked Z. (4) to show me how to read so she opened the first page of the book and read: "bismillah arruhman al rahim" (the first verse from the Quran or the only line she knows in classical Arabic). The funnier part is that the book was in English.

M. went with his mother to see the doctor yesterday. He's been stumbling and falling frequently and his mother thinks there's something wrong with his legs. She took him to see the doctor and asked for a prescription to help her kid. The doctor asked to see the child alone: apparently A. has been having panic attacks each time he hears the plane flying above the school which makes him loose the feel of his legs.

The kids wanted to stage a little play. But what they were interested in: Snow White? Little Red Riding Hood? Cinderella? The answer was consensual: "Muqawama!!" (The Resistance). They wanted to stage a normal day in the lives of Hizbullah fighters. Halfway through the rehearsal they realized that no one wanted to play the Israeli soldiers so the play was postponed until someone can fill the undesired roles.

But Z. her sister and brother were waiting for her father to come back to the school with a big roasted chicken that is not on the steamed-rice-and-cheese menu of the school. They awaited their father at the door of the school for a full hour. But the question of the day is:"if one of the cows in our farm gets killed, does she become a martyr?".

"Zahra, between jumping off chairs and waiting for the roasted chicken"


Blogger nakachi said...


i am looking for locations in lebanon to send direct material aid [soap, washcloths, blankets, etc.]

please contact me

lovelyinebony at gmail dot com

peace is revolution,

July 29, 2006 1:36 am  
Blogger cnayla said...

Just wanted to let you know that I linked your blog to mine with this article. We need to hear more about those Z's and M's displaced families and children...
Thank you for your work,

July 29, 2006 9:59 am  
Blogger raj said...

Dear Zeina,
tears came to my eyes when I saw little Zahra! Bless you for being there to hug angels like her. Her smile is worth more than everything else in the world! Hope her arm gets better sooooon!

July 31, 2006 8:23 am  

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