A Trip To Yemen………………………..edited by myself (original by Emily Perl Kingley)Asalaamu alaikum sisters. I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a daughter with a disability – to try to help others who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel inshaAllah. It’s like this…When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip to Saudi. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans… Mecca, the sea front of Jeddah, the huge masjids. You may learn some handy phrases in Saudi dialect. It’s all very exciting. After several months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go.Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Yemen!” “Yemen?” you say. “What do you mean, Yemen? I signed up for Saudi. I’m supposed to be in Saudi. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Saudi.” But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Yemen and there you must stay.The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place full of fitna, arrogance, and unfamiliarity. It’s just a different place.So, you must go out and buy new books. And you must learn Yemeni arabic. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met. It’s just a different place. It’s slower paced than Saudi, less flashy than Saudi.But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around. You begin to notice that Yemen has mountains. Yemen has the sea. And Yemen even has purple chickens (yes – they have coloured baby chickens in the souk in old sanaa, trust me on this inshaAllah). But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Saudi, and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life you will say, “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.” And the pain of that experience will never, ever go away. The loss of that dream is a very significant loss, and yes, there are nights you cry and some days you feel overwhelmed.But if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Saudi, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things about Yemen. So you stand back, find strength to increase your eman, and say “Alhamdulillah. I am in Yemen.”
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Asalaamu alaikum sisters,
I am going to continue to post here as often as I can, it may come to be multiple posts on a weekly basis though for awhile because I am anticipating having more appointments for my daughter. I know I do not speak about her much because I concentrate this wordpress on my sons curriculum and social issues, this post is about her though.
I had taken my daughter for her hearing appointment at the hospital today and alhamdulillah, she cannot hear much from either ear now. She failed both hearing tests mashallah. In perspective, a normal conversation between two people, standing in front of each other, comes in a volume of forty to forty-five decibles, alhamdulillah my daughter cannot hear anything below fifty.
InshaAllah I need to make another appointment for her speech and language therapist (she was being followed even before this because she has a tracheostomy alhamdulillah). We were working on signing. She will also in the near future need to see her ENT about surgery. InshaAllah please keep her in your duaa. JazakAllah khayr.
I went with a group of sisters and their children today we (my son and myself) went to the orchard for some apple picking, hay throwing and horses… here are the photos below. We saw a birds nest as well, and what seemed like a hundred birds flying by subhanAllah… we saw the horses and donkey and picked lots of apples mashaAllah and I had a wonderful conversation with the kids about who created the horses and apples, and the blessings of Allah, a discussion on health and an impromptu baking class mashaAllah. Oh and my son fed apples to the horses mashaallah.
Asalaamu alaikum rahmutullah wa barakatu,
Due to the number of hospital visits my daughter has this month in London mashaAllah, I am going to be taking some time off from posting, though if I do something interesting with my son I will try and write about it insha’allah. Other than that, I will write more at the end of the month insha’Allah. Please keep my family in your dua’as…
Okay so I am determined to start a health lesson for my son inshaAllah… I am making a 5 senses journal for him for a week (7 full days, not only 5) and I will fill in the gaps with activities such as the following:
Painting with texture:
Materials: Tempera paint in a variety of colors, sand, coffee grounds, spices, crumbled natural items, epson salt, baking soda, liquid starch, salt, corn meal, etc.
Description: Offer painting experiences with paint to which one of the above ingredients has been added. Encourage your son/daughter to use words to describe what they see, feel, and smell.
A texture box:
Place different texture material in the box/bag – sandpaper, coins, doll, pine cones, rice, aluminum foil, burlap, cotton balls etc. Your son/daughter reaches in and explains what they feel. This can also be a quite activity they can do on their own if you have a montessori classroom.
Sense of smell:
Materials: You will need about 5 jars (empty baby food jars will do, wrapped will paper so they cant see inside), coffee grounds in one jar, whole spices in another, a third jar you can use some liquid soap, in the fourth jar you can use dry lima beans, and in the fifth jar you can use flowers. Other suggestions are different extracts. Vanilla extract, peppermint extract, coconut extract, maybe tea bags, etc.
Sense of taste:
During this activity, children explore the 4 major tastes that the tongue can sense; bitter, sweet, sour and salty.
You will need:
Lemon wedges, candy, unsweetened cocoa, salt, small paper plates, small spoons, unbreakable hand-held mirrors and a cup of water for each of your sons/daughters and a blindfold for each.
Blindfold each child. Give them a taste of each item, rinsing their mouth with water in between each taste inshaAllah. Ask them to describe what it tastes like… you can encourage them by asking, “Is it sweet? Sour? Bitter or salty?” Make them guess what each item was. Explain how Allah subhana wa t’ala gave them taste buds on their tongue and show them in the mirrors. To finish you can read a senses poem or maybe the islamic book, “A tongue to Taste”.