“Canadians are great at being friendly,” a Mexican acquaintance began, “but they aren’t very good at being friends.
Selam was wearing an abaya, a traditional dress that covers everything except her face, hands and feet, and a hijab, a scarf that covers her hair and neck while still revealing her face. I asked if she ever wore her niqab, a veil that covers her entire face save her eyes. She smiled at me as she rummaged through her purse and pulled out a delicate black veil.
Aunt Betty left behind a legacy of faith and joy and music among other things when she passed away seven years ago. One of the things she left me in particular was a cabinet overflowing with kaleidoscopes.
We have no idea how hard it is for a mother to be separated from her children who are living in a country at war.