oh, can you send me…

Have you ever dreaded calling relatives? My husband does. Especially when its about solving the countless issues that pop up overseas. Those important issues that deal with health, death, and the never-ending rounds of weddings and births.

For him its ‘mind-blowing’ how in the midst of a crises; of making funeral arrangements; of figuring how much and who will take care of a family member’s health issue; someone will take this as minimally important to their needs.

‘Oh, by the way, there’s this new [fill in the blank] that I want. They say it only costs a few dollars’. What in NY only costs a few dollars??!! ‘You can FedEx it over so I can have it by Wednesday’.

You know this request has vibrated through every nerve ending from the wide-eyed stare at the phone my husband has. The silence a good two phone card minutes long. The long sigh. The silently mouthed Dua about being spared from a fool or being made one. The long intake of breath before the “La’!”

‘Their first words as a baby must have been “give me”!’ He mutters. He’s not stingy, but there seems to be no better moment to ask for the moon, than when your diving into an abyss!

Yes sah, money grows on trees in this here parts. Did you know we have the most abundant money trees this side of the Red Sea? The Franklins and Madisons are low laying fruit, just blow a little and watch them coat the golden paved streets. That’s why we all go around with polarized sunglasses even in the dark…


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