Went to Decatur IL to visit some very dear friends who used to live here. They are originally from Egypt, refugees like us, in the land of plenty. This was one of the counter tops that was loaded with food. Soheir had cooked the entire meal. The appetizers, hummus, Palestinian salad, two turkeys, one baked, the other fried, pastry filled with beef, pasta, mashed potatoes and about four more dishes. Then there was a counter full of desserts. I was able to get a picture of just one tray of baklava that she had made. There was some kind of amazing pudding with cake, and two more desserts, the names of which I have forgotten. They just melted in your mouth.
Here she is with our other friend Omaima, who traveled from Canton MO, she is wearing the white hijab. She is a dear friend, and has a doctorate in physics. Soheir in the middle is a dentist.
Here are the two beautiful families who made that day so memorable for me and Mohamed. Dr. Tarek is an internist, standing next to Mohamed, and to M’s left is Tarek’s second son who is a first year medical student. next to him is Anas, son in law of Omaima the physicist, and Noha daughter of Omaima. She just graduated from Pharmacy school and is a certified pharmacist. Then there is Soheir, me and next to me is Ayah who is a final year medical student at University of MO in Kansas. She is the daughter of Omaima. Standing next to Ayah is her younger brother Ahmad who is a first year medical student, also at Missouri university in Kansas. Next to Ahmad is Mohamed who is Soheir’s son and is a second year medical student at University of Pennsylvania. And finally there is Dr. Mohamed El Bermawy, who is the professor of Chemistry at Culver Stockton college where Saadia teaches. He is Omaima’s husband. He gives the Friday sermons at our mosque.
I hope all of you had a great holiday too.