TODAY our family dined at one of Dubai's many famous Saturday Buffets.
For. three. hours.
How is this possible you ask?
With video games, art tables filled with supplies, Tom & Jerry cartoons
and bouncy houses
time disappeared before our very eyes.
But now the frivolity has dissipated as my heart feels heavy and my eyes are brimming with tears.
Because TONIGHT i spoke with Fersa the young dark haired chef that greets us every morning with a smile. In the morning while he checks on the buffet food, he always seems so cheerful and genuinely happy to see us as he inquires how we are. Breakfast time is busy and there is little opportunity to get to know the man under the towering chef hat. But tonight the restaurant is quiet and empty. Two indulgent waiters slip my Littles hot chocolate and candy which busies them while i listen to Fersa. He tells me about chef training in Syria, working with a famous American chef and his dream of opening his own restaurant someday. i notice for the first time the silver ring on his left hand and i ask if he is married. He has a wife in Syria and a daughter that will be one in 5 days. When i ask for a picture he waists no time pulling out his phone to shows me Bana, a beautiful baby with large brown eyes and the most kissable chubby cheeks. "You must Skype them often?" i ask.
"Oh everyday, for i am scared for them. All of Syria is very dangerous right now. They have little electricity and they cannot leave the house at night it is too dangerous. They stay with my parents." It is the first time i see his face darken as his eyes become rimmed with red. i ask him when he gets to see them again, as all staff are provided trips home. He says he is afraid to go home for fear they will accuse him at the airport for being on the wrong of the political argument and become jailed.
NIGHT & DAY
Political turmoil has been around since the beginning of time. Daily news testifies to this. i confess that while living in the states i glossed over the token half page that spoke of war in far away places. Today i read the headlines intently and pray for real people who are striving to simply survive.
A lesson in gratitude was granted to us today.
As citizens of the United States, can we truly appreciate our freedoms when we have never been robbed of them?
I have no pictures to post of Fersa and his family but the cell phone screen of his daughter is the one picture from today that has etched itself in my mind. Tonight as i tucked my kids in bed we prayed for the safety of little Bana & her mommy, for Fersa working to provide for his family from so far away and for the many reasons we have to be thankful.