Yesterday evening I had a visit from my good friend Saleh and his son Anas. They came over to say goodbye as my return to Canada is barely a week away. In our vastly improving but still sorely lacking mastery of each other’s language, we relived a few memories from the past 15 months. We shared many laughs and a few tears. Man, it’s difficult to say goodbye!
Young Anas then presented me with a gift. Saleh had him taught him a couple of lines of English which Anas delivered beautifully. And what a gift it was! A handmade, traditional Arabian dagger in a sheath covered with silver.
To make it even more special, Saleh engraved the blade with my name and date. I will treasure both his friendship and generous gift forever.