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This past weekend, we celebrated Eid, marking the end of Ramadan…our 30 days of prayer and fasting. In addition to Eid, it was also Memorial Day Weekend. As our family tries to figure out our new “normal”, it was very apparent this weekend that there is a very wide spectrum on how people are treating “normal”. The Eid festivities for all the mosques here in Dallas were celebrated in the same way. Prayers were to be performed in your own home with your own family, and the sermon was televised. Afterward, they did a drive-through where they handed out sweets and goody bags to every family. It was really well done, and even though we had to sit in the queue for nearly an hour, we enjoyed seeing all the cars that were decorated up in celebration of Eid!
After we did all of that, we drove around to our friends’ houses to deliver little Eid presents on their porches. As we drove around the city, we saw many people who have decided that Covid-19 is no reason to stay socially distanced. Very few were wearing masks. Many were right next to one another. It was sad to me.
During the afternoon, our friend who is a doctor, called. During the call, he told us that people have grown tired of social distancing, and have gone back to normal. Already, at his hospital, they are seeing a rise in the number of cases.
Probably the most difficult part of this whole thing was when we got to our friends’ homes and they were out visiting with others and not caring about social distancing. It made us look foolish, but we just cannot take the chances that they are taking. As always, if I did too much, I will probably never know. But if I did too little, I will definitely know…and I don’t think I could deal with that.
One of the best parts of any holiday (and Eid is no exception) has to be all the awesome food! This year, since it was just the four of us, we did a smorgasbord of all our favorite Eid snacks. It was absolutely delicious, and we topped it off with sweets from the drive-through at the mosque along with a fabulous caramel tres leches cake!
Another undertaking at our house this weekend was transferring all of our seedlings into their new pots on the patio. We have quite a few beautiful tomato plants and pepper plants. I also have a couple of cantaloupe plants growing. The new banana trees and pomegranate bushes are starting to thrive after going through a bit of shock during transplanting. I just started new seeds for squash, red romaine lettuce, brussel sprouts, honeydew melons and watermelons in my AeroGarden. We should have our own little farmer’s market soon!
I’m looking forward to jumping in the pool again, now that the temperatures are climbing and the fasting season is at an end. Jumping into summer with both feet, as I keep my feet firmly at home!
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