Ah … memories.
Sometimes my enemies.
Sometimes my friends.
Memories of childhood,
growing up, family love,
divorce, and of broken love.
Memories of sarbets, qorqorobets,
farms, farmers, oxen, cows, cowboys,
shepherds, sheep, goats, cats, dogs,
chickens, horses, mules, donkeys, crops,
coffee beans, leaves, grasses, trees, birds,
and of various domestic animals and plants.
Memories of honeybees, butterflies, houseflies, and of wasps.
Memories of green snakes,
laughing hyenas, rats, ducks, beetles,
lizards, shallow streams, dragonflies,
rivers, waterfalls, and of holy waters.
Memories of Churches,
Mosques, Fridays, Sundays, Tuesdays,
mills, and of open market days.
Memories of festivals,
overnight masses, cultural shows,
priests, sheiks, deacons, preachers,
and of gospel and menzuma singers.
Memories of colors, contrasts, hues, mosaics, and of textures.
Memories of elementary schools,
junior and higher schools,
best and worst teachers,
exams, labs, and of school clubs.
Memories of paved roads,
muddy trails, creepy alleys,
shanty towns, gated households,
shoeshine boys, horse-drawn gharis,
menafeshas, mana bashananas, suqs,
cafes, kiosks, bunabets, bakeries, shaibets,
delalas, street vendors, thieves, homeless kids,
beggars, samaritans, and of construction workers.
Memories of villages,
cities, firewoods, tractors, blue cabs,
weyalas, urban and rural boys and girls,
hijab and netala styles,
and of conservative and liberal faces.
Memories of roses, yellow daises, and of purple daffodils.
Memories of beautiful moms,
dads, brothers, sisters,
aunts, uncles, cousins,
extended families, neighbors,
village elders, and of cute kids.
Memories of bullies,
ethnic slurs, bad police,
abduction of girls, FGMs,
corrupt officials, ignorants,
ethnic and religious extremists,
burned houses, burned churches,
burned mosques, and of burned peoples.
Memories of tolerance,
compassionate souls, greens,
yellows, reds, loving friends,
beautiful smiles, and of sweethearts.
Memories of love letters, heartbeats, winks, and of first kisses.
Memories of dance,
braveries, ethnic varieties, songs,
colorful murals, witchcrafts, handcrafts,
traditional paintings, modern abstracts,
folklores, crosses, tombs, obelisks,
ancient alphabets, languages, dialects,
manuscripts, romance novels, poetic juices,
radio narrations, TV dramas,
enchanting plays, okay films,
griots, and of Azmaris.
Sad and happy tears in my eyes.
Watching this video made me remember all the above memories: