Thursday, September 08, 2011

Old Beautiful Iraq

Old Beautiful Iraq - 1


Fifty years  ago , Iraq was a peaceful secured safe country wherein people used to live happily ... they were so content with their life ,, there were three classes : the rich , the middle class and the poor .... yet there was love, help , kindness and understanding among all these classes ,,, no one starved ,,, no one was in danger ,,, life was going on so smoothly that you can never hear of any conflict ...whether political , social ,,religious ,, or of any other sort ... 
In the beginning of this century , education was mostly for men ,,then women started going to schools and colleges ,, there were women doctors , engineers ,, scientists ,poets,, nurses,,, teachers , lawyers and artists ,, women shared men at work ,, in 1920 life became more advanced for women and thus they started asking for their rights ,,,Women were obliged to marry the men whom their families selected and no one could refuse but gradually  things changed and they were able to accept or refuse ,,,they were also allowed to see the suitor before their families gave their answer to the suitor's family ,,,
Life was not complicated  during the Monarchy ... people loved the King and governments ,,, there were very few oppositions but those were not even ready to say that in public ,,, 
The majority of the people were the middle class who lived quite well ,,,their children went to schools ,, the breadwinners - the fathers were either government officials , freelancers or businessmen ...
Houses were larger ,,,all houses had gardens and they were much cheaper to buy or rent .
People used to sleep on the roofs in summer because the air was  cool , fresh and it was  healthier than indoors ,,, summer was much cooler than now ,,,winter was cold and sometimes it froze ,degrees reached minus zero so most water - meters were broken due to the cold weather ,frost and snow covered the cars , grass and whatever was left in the open outside the houses ,,even the  glass of windows ,, it used to rain a lot ...  
Families were very  attached to each other ,,, when sons got married they used to live with their own parents if their house was large ,, so you could see three generations in the same house living happily with compassion , kindness, help and great love ...
In the afternoons  most families used to go out to public entertainment places , cinemas , theaters , parks or for drives ,,, in the holidays they  used to travel or go for picnics ,,, most newly - wed couples spent their honeymoon in Lebanon ....
Most middle class families had cars ,,, young boys had bicycles ,,,there were buses running in the cities ,, taxis and  small coaches ,,,in addition to private cars so transportation was comfortable and there was no problem to any one ,,,there were trains from Baghdad to Basrah and Musil ,,,fares were cheap so every one could afford travelling in any means they preferred ... 





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