Tuesday, July 03, 2007

A trip to the beach





Yesterday was a very hot day, and for our unfortunate luck, the electricity power was off our neighbourhood, so we decided to spend the day at the beach... so, after coming back from work, I prepared everything we needed in a blink, extra clothes, snacks, towels and raed's toys.... and off we went at about 5:00 p.m...








We imagined that the beach will be empty, as we are in the middle of the week, it's Monday, i thought, but we were shock to find the beach full of hundreds and hundred of families, who had nothing to do but to try to forget their terrible life, and desperately try to shake away all the memories of the last couple of weeks.... really tragic memories... and now after Hamas taking over Gaza, no one even goes to work, only NGOs are the active institutes here in Gaza...




So, we sat our tent, the sun was so hot, and my son yelled in happiness... "Mama.. gonna swim..... in the sand" my son *cough* chicken *cough* doesn't even dare to come close to the sea, he is so afraid of it... he thinks that there is a big fish waiting to eat him... I looked at my husband and he looked back at me, we both had the same devilish idea in our minds in the same time, so, i grabbed "raed" from one hand and his father from the other and ran to the sea... we tossed him away and "SPLASH"... I ran to grab him... and it was a BIG surprise when i found him laughing and saying "AGAIN... DAD... AGAIN"... it is the first time ever for raed to enter the sea...



I also had my first golden opportunity to have a small dip in the sea, it's the first time for me since coming to Gaza before 7 years... i really had great fun splashing around and playing with my son and husband.... :)




Me and raed went on a quest to find the perfect shell, but there wasn't a shell that was that perfect, but we were lucky to find a little tiny winy crab... raed was sooooo happy to see a crab... he ran after it, chasing it from here to there, when suddenly i heard that beautiful gentle sound, i looked around, searching.... and there he was, a complete stranger walking on the shore playing his flute in a way that can't be described by anything less than "magical" specially with the sound of the waves in the background...




we left at sunset.... i really had a good time....raed did too, it was a trip that's full of first times.. raed's first time to have a swim in the sea... and my first time in Gaza too.





11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am with you. A think about a lot the poor palestinian people in Gaza strip. I hope your fate will change. I would like to see you live in peace, and i woulw like freedom for the great palestinian people. From Hungary

lennybruce said...

This entry is at one and the same time incredibly beautiful yet with a sad undertone. It is for me, and every thinking person I hope, unimaginable what life is really like in Gaza. And not only in the last weeks but for the last many decades. And yet, here is this story of a family going to the beach after work, like many families including my own. And the story of Raed and his first meeting with the ocean is really wonderful and so sweet. And the imagery of the flute player walking along the beach and the lovely sunset would be idyllic and so magical anywhere in the world. As if for a moment it is not the Gaza we know but is Gaza as it should be, Gaza as it one day God willing will be, Gaza as it could be when all good peoples say enough is enough. I will visit your blog often. Thank you.

Peace

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