Saying thank you

It struck me again last night that one of the most useful skills my partner has taught me is how to say “thank you” in Arabic. When I can tell that someone has some Arabic background (and no, I’m not being a sterotyping moron, I’m talking about when I can hear the person speaking Arabic or see explicitly Muslim symbols), it is a real pleasure to be able to thank her in her language. You would be amazed at how people’s faces light up at that simple recognition of their individual humanity, their personal history and a part of their self-identification. It is a joy to be able to do that for someone else, especially with just a few simple words.

Shukran. Ma’a salama.


About Literata

Literata is a Wiccan priestess and writer. She edited Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, and her poetry, rituals, and nonfiction have appeared in works such as Mandragora, Unto Herself, and Anointed as well as multiple periodicals. Literata has presented rituals and workshops at Sacred Space conference, Fertile Ground Gathering, and other mid-Atlantic venues. Literata offers healing and divination services as well as customized life-cycle rituals. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in history with the support of her husband and four cats.
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