May 10, 2015 — Impatience

Dear L*,

I was watching, just a few minutes ago, a video in which a Christian parliamentarian started his speech at the parliament with the following: “In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, Amen”. The sarcastic sentence with its laughable absurdity, was a reaction to some Muslim parliamentarians starting theirs with: “In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful”. This Muslim introduction to speeches is common in many Arab countries, even in parliament, however, it is not common in Lebanon, a land that prides itself on religious unity. This marking of religious territory in parliament is a new phenomena relatively, considering that during the Ottoman rule in World War 1, united Christian and Muslim rebels were both hanged for starting a revolt in what is now called Martyr’s square, regardless of religious affiliation.

The journalist in whose house we are potentially dwelling has responded to me with an email stating that she is ready to accommodate us in her Gemmeyze apartment but will need to see whether she will be away throughout our whole stay. This means that we may not need to move elsewhere. She will receive confirmation about her travel dates tomorrow and will contact me once she does.

Okay, you are now contacting me on Skype and I do not feel like writing any longer. Because I am inpatient and I want to see you!

P

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