Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Dead-Mouse Morning

Almost stepped on a baby dead mouse, yes, not a good morning sign. But I survived the day and others did not.
The last time I heard “I hate to be the carrier of bad news” Tiswahin, my sister’s fish died. This time I heard the phrase but it was way much serious and the news came from Baghdad. The phrase was followed by “Poor Hiba…” my heart skipped a beat “…. Her husband died.”

Hiba, my mother’s second cousin, who got married less than a couple years back and recently, had a baby girl.

I asked how. “Yesterday, during Karada’s mishap, the missile fell on the house next door when he went out to turn off the water boiler. A shrapnel landed on his head and dropped him dead instantly”

I was in a shock for a moment. I’ve never met him but I knew her since we were kids. I tried to process the bad news but I couldn’t. My parents were taking a nap and I thought I heard my dad’s voice and went in to their room and couldn’t keep my mouth shut. My mother was almost asleep and she woke up on the horrible news. I could process that it was not a bright idea to tell her while she was asleep and still couldn’t feel anything.

I went to my room, tried to go back to my book but I couldn’t. it hit me so hard that I started crying, not for the man deceased man I never met, nor for poor Hiba, but for the poor baby girl who will be raised without a father. No matter how much she will be loved, no matter how better the situation will get in Iraq, which I doubt for the current time, this girl will be raised without a dad.

Not only this girl but an entire generation will be raised without a father, mother or someone close to the family, and will carry the emotional scars with them all the time wherever they go.

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5 Comments:

Blogger David said...

Attawie, I am really sorry about Hiba's husband and I really feel for her baby girl who will never know her father. This is really tragic. I wish the violence and the loss of so many innocent lives would end!

4/02/2008 11:42 AM  
Blogger Marshmallow26 said...

:'( no comment

4/03/2008 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very sorry to hear that, Allah yir7ama inshalla...

the first bad news carrier*

4/03/2008 6:15 PM  
Blogger Abbas Hawazin said...

stay strong atta.

4/04/2008 1:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yalla ya bonayya, nazzili postan jadeedan 3ad:)

*

4/10/2008 2:36 AM  

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