Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Patriotism vs. Loyality

Yesterday while taking my boys on a field trip to the Museum of Art, a woman passed me saying: You're in the wrong country, go back to where you came from.. Immediately I turned around saying: And my husband is in the Military I have EVERY right to be here just as much as you do !!
She was the kind of person that would mumble stuff and just keep walking, so I leave it up to you to decide on what kind of person she was. 

I did not see this coming and was so angry, hurt and couldn't really get rid of my frustration right then and there, since I didn't want to cause a scene, especially with my boys there.. WOMAN, WE'RE ON A FIELD TRIP HERE !!!

I am the kind of person that can't just "forget" so I think it over and over (very unhealthy I know)... and tried to analyze why, what the woman said hurt me so much. Yes I'm fully covered and I know some don't like us muslims so much.. being in the states I kind of expect this (even though it happens very seldom) and am okay with it, honestly I can relate to a certain extend. One of the reasons I like living here though is because the people are so easy going, at least the ones I come in contact with. Anyway what made me furious is that I am in this country because my husband is serving HER country and I get the feeling that she LOVES her military.. well guess what we're part of it !! and just because I cover my face and don't walk around half naked doesn't make me feel less lonely and stressed out when my husband is deployed for 7 month in a row. It is a HUGE sacrifice and I'm sure every military wife/kids can relate to that and having someone tell me that I don't belong here or that I should go back .. dang..

A man passed by when I swung back around and said, don't worry about it there are some people they are ignorant. I met him later in the same museum and approached him, to thank him for his uplifting words and he continued saying that some people that haven't travelled about just don't know better. That I was a strong woman and have to stand up for myself.. may Allah bless him and YES I AM !!



  1. Wow Myriam thanks for sharing. We live in a broken world and some poeple are so broken that they will inexcusably project that brokenness on innocent strangers. So sorry that happened.

    I too agree with the man that you have a deep strength that others admire!

    Thanks for sharing your heart!


  2. Hi Jessica,
    Thank you for your encouraging words :-) one of the reactions that do effect me is this open ignorance people have at times, and how they don't care about peoples feelings. Ah well, may Allah/God make the Good prevail for all of us!!

  3. What a terrible thing to have happen, especially with your children present! I am glad there was a positive experience and interaction to counter the negative one. I just stopped by from the homeschool hop and wanted to say hello and send you best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving!