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Transitioning toa new family can sometimes be quite difficult. People deal with big differences from culture to religon, to subtle differences- such as, different times to eat dinner. But when a Jordanian family took my roommate and I into their homes and welcomed us into their family, we were quickly reminded that family is family, even if it’s only temporary.

Our host mother made us feel right at home, introducing us to her sons and husband. She announced that if there were any concerns to please not hesitate to express them to her. When not calling our name, she refers to us as Habibi- an arabic word for sweet heart. Around 5:00pm she prepared a traditional Jordanian pasta quite similar to spaghetti and meat sauce. The food was more than enough and we were told “do not be shy.”

After dinner I went outside for a bit and took photographs of the garden and the neighborhood. The garden was rich with beautiful roses, riped cherries, lemons, and even apples.


Written by ryanpaynesblog

May 16, 2011 at 8:37 pm

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