Friday, September 09, 2011

Old Beautiful Iraq 2

Whenever I remember life in Baghdad in the past ,,, I cry ,,, literally cry ,,, my heart aches  ... we used to be living in such a peaceful beautiful way that we rarely had any misery ,,grief or sadness ,,, we used to grieve only when we had a death in a family ,,, that was not so often of course- we only were sad to lose a dear person ,,, now every day we are sad ,,, in each house now there is a funeral ... every house has turned into a graveyard ,,, all I can remember during my whole life is the funeral of my father when I was young then my mother ,,, which took about 20 years between each death ,,,,  ,,,????
Do  you know how is it like now  ,,,now we grieve all the time because of the USA invasion ,, its consequences and outcomes ,,,,terror and violence have become the characteristics of our life in new Iraq .. 
We used to have almost everything ,,, we were blessed and bliss  by our beautiful happy  safe secured country and life ,,, I remember how we had beautiful family , friends and acquaintance gathering so often ,,, how happy we were spending nice times and enjoying ourselves ,,,we used to have large gardens in our houses ,,, we spent hours there having parties ,grilling fish -the famous Iraqi fish dish  masgoof ,which we make by putting a fire - like a barbecue  then  we serve it  ,,,eat with laughter ,,,joy and happiness ,, then we have fruits ,,,and other kinds of refreshments the parents and old people stayed chatting and playing the backgammon ,,, dice or cards while watching the TV or listening to the radio whereas , the children play around with their toys or chatting so fondly with each other ,,,we had such beautiful warm time  whether each family by its own or with others ,,, we used to  breath fresh  air ,,,breeze full of flower scents and the beauty of natural scenes made us  healthier and more optimistic ,,,there was  a lot of  pure air with oxygen unlike nowadays  where the air has become full of carbon dioxide from the electrical generators inside the gardens or from  the big public  ones where you can see two or three generators in  one road ,,so the air has become very polluted and poisonous   ,,
We all know that NATURE is a cure and remedy from many diseases ,,,,,, people were more healthy because they lived a simpler  life full of healthy atmosphere ,,, no lack of water nor of any other daily services and requirements ,,, each family could afford to buy new clothes each festival or Eid ,,, new year or special occasions such as birthdays   graduations or invitations to parties ,,, we used to have new clothes from top to toe at the beginning of each school year ,,, we NEVER had CARE or problems ,,,in each house there was one or two  TV sets ,,, A video set ,, few radios,,, transistors ,,, and many tape  recorders ,,, people were interested in reading ,,, almost in each house there was a  library which varies in the size and number of books , journals   ,, references ,,, magazines and newspapers ... I remember when I was very small ,, ,pre-school  age  - my father taught me letters , numbers ,, alphabets in English and Arabic  ,,,time- table in mathematics ,many greeting sentences in English ,, parents dedicated more time to their children than  they do now  .... 
Life in Iraq was so beautiful and peaceful..... 

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Negative Attitude

Negative Attitude 


Nowadays most people have become so selfish and they are adopting negative attitudes towards almost everything and every one  including family  attachments and relations;  thus you can see their hearts have become hollow ,,,they rarely help each others ,,,ask about each others ,,, twenty years ago I have seen this phenomenon in England when I was studying for my postgraduate studies ,,, I was so surprised when one of my professors Mr. Jimmy Smith invited us to his house for tea one day ,,, I saw that the fence of the garden was a three meters height ,,I asked him why was it so high ,,,his answer was  so strange , he told me that he does not want to see his neighbor and that he was not  been talking to him for forty years ,,,, then he added :
I have to go through another branch way to park my car in order not to see him 
I was so surprised ,,, staying long  years   in England and knowing the English culture , I have realized then that most Europeans not only English  nations do not have attachments for their family members ,,, it took a son / daughter / brother / sister ... mother / father  one complete year to send a New Year & Christmas card to their parents /siblings /sons / daughters .... I was so surprised at that time to see such cold,,, rigid ,,stiff feelings ,,or at least that was what I thought , I kept telling them how warm we , the people in the east are ,,, I told them how attached to each others we are  ,,, how strong bonds we have ,,,, I was so proud of our strong deep love and family relations ,,,
It was only a few years ago when suddenly I , myself , realized how negative attitudes my own family members have to me ,,, I was and still am so loving ,,,caring and kind to each and every one of them ,,, I was always there for them and their children ,,,, BUT alas ,,, where are they ???
They abandoned me ,,, because I am no more a giver ,,, the chicken of gold eggs stopped laying eggs ,,, so every one escaped from her ,,,, that is  me ,,, because I am not  any more able to give  due to my recent circumstances ,,,every one left me ,,,no one asks where am I ,,,how am I ,,,whether I needed anything ,,whether I am dead or alive ,, It is really a very painful feeling when you find yourself rejected ,,, abandoned and neglected ,,,when you were such a generous giver ,,, a loving caring person and then you see those whom you spent a lifetime helping and giving ,,,caring and taking care of, treating you with such negative attitude and ungratefulness,,, ingratitude and  negligence ,,,I now think of my English professor Mr. Smith and I realize why had he built such a high wall to avoid seeing his neighbor ,,,BUT can I do this ,,, NEVER ,,, despite all this bad treatment and ungratefulness , you find me still asking about each and every one of them ,,,,I do it for God ,,, for myself and for whom am I ,,,,I can NEVER have negative attitude whatever happens  ,,,I just can not and I do not want to ,,,after all- life is too short to do bad ,,,negative deeds ,,,

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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