We went back to our land of citizenship, ate a lot, gained 15 pounds between us (I won’t say how much of that is on my personal frame), saw my sister married off, learned a lot about ourselves, had great times with family and friends (although, the time wasn’t nearly enough to see everyone that our hearts desired, and for this we are filled with regret), ate sushi, drank double our recommended calorie intake in slushees, and then nearly ran our way to the plane in our eagerness to return to the desert. As Charlie put it so wisely, “It’s fun here, but after awhile it gets boring. I want to go back to the desert.” Very positive words coming from a boy that has endured a lot over the past year.
We have been back for 2 weeks, adjusted to the time difference (nice and slow was the pace because there isn’t too much adjustment needed with Ramadan in full swing), and settled into the semi-normal routine of school and life. Everything is switched all around for the month of Ramadan, and our kids’s school is the only school in the city that is open for studies already (luckies!). All the other schools are remaining closed until the end of Ramadan. It hasn’t been too bad since school starts later than usual (10:30 a.m.) and ends at 2. Our Arabic program is still in session, classes starting later in the morning as well. I love the schedule because it means that we delay the harsh return to reality while still experiencing a semblance of routine.
Today, I got notice from the school that Charlie and Lola attend, stating that today was the last day of school and starting tomorrow will be a two week vacation! Good thing we have a house keeper that doesn’t mind watching the kids, and since she’s here every day, child care won’t be a problem while we still have to go to class. This type of advanced notice wouldn’t fly in the west, but with family the way that it is over here, it wouldn’t inconvenience too many families to all of a sudden have vacation sprung on them. In fact, I’m sure that most of the families are rejoicing at such news. This past Thursday, my friends were telling me not to send my kids to school today because all the parents were going to be keeping their kids home in protest of having to study during Ramadan. Well, I guess the protest met it’s bulls eye. Vacation!
I wish I had vacation. Instead, I have 3 long exercises to finish before tomorrow. Dang.