So I married a Chinese girl

She is Chinese, I am Iraqi, and we came up with the perfect couple name. “The Chiraqi Couple”.

I remember the day we met. It was during my stay in China. I was in a cafe, writing notes for my next book, when suddenly, I heard her a girl sing, in Arabic. I know! A Chinese girl in a city where most of its people don’t even speak English. But there she was, singing a song in Arabic. I turned to see who it was. I saw her sitting near the window, the light gave her some halo that made her look so divine. She was working on her laptop while she is singing. But that’s not it… that song, that particular song, I used to listen to it everyday on the radio when my dad takes me to school. I was pushed back in time where things were simpler. While she sang, I was transformed to my dad’s Volkswagen, on my way to school where I played with the school band every morning the national anthem. And on my way, my dad would put classic songs on the radio.

I said hi, in Chinese, and she was as shocked as I when I heard her sing in Arabic; they don’t get that much foreigners who speak Chinese. I asked her if she speaks Arabic. She just knows a little, just from what she heard from the songs that she listens to. She told me that she loves middle eastern culture. That made me smile, because even though our culture is full of art and beautiful stories, and gave life to civilizations, many only know what the media shows, hatred, religious racism, death, terrorism. They do not show that we are hurt by that more than anyone in the world, but most importantly, they do not show the normal, kind people, let alone artistic ones. So you can see why Rita, my wife now, became an interesting person from the moment we met. And on our first date, at an Indian restaurant that I didn’t know about, but she did, we shook hands for the first time, and we electrocuted each other. We laughed about it, but we both took a mental note… “It’s a sign”. Then, one night, on a camping trip, under the stars and god’s eyes, I asked her to marry me.

Celebrations? Big wedding, dove flying? No… far from it… but that’s a story for another time. 🙂

Click here to hear the song that sealed our fate

My New Drawing… 1

Staring for hours in front of the blank paper, I wondered what should I capture? What part of my spirit will leave me to be framed after I swipe my brush on her for the last time. And then I thought… what if she was thinking the same?

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I noticed a shape was forming… a blur that seems to hold a camera… I worked my way to see her more clearly…

 

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After She was doing the same. But I couldn’t know what was she trying to capture?

 

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Focusing her lens on me, was started to know what we were doing, who we were.

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curiosity brought us together… Two souls, two worlds, and a frame between two dimensions.

 

Music, a universal language

I didn’t understand what this song’s lyrics meant when I first heard it, but I was able to absorb a vibe in an osmosis way, and for some reason, I transformed into that happy person, where the world seems beautiful, unlike a moment ago.

Music has a way in speaking with us all, it communicates and connects emotions with the world around us. You can simply have the time of your life, even when you are all alone, by just placing your favorite song, and you’ll get to have a gateway to another dimension. As a writer, I found best of my ideas when I spend sometime listening to music, because that’s when I get lost, my conscious becomes quiet, and I get to hear my subconscious narrating tales for me. Best of our ideas originate from our subconscious, because our consciousness is too busy with our reality. I have placed this song to share it with everyone. Loving and beautiful emotions are always worth to be shared.

Enjoy my gift to you all, whether you are hearing it for the first time or you have heard it before.