Monday, March 27, 2006

Meme Monday

I can't believe Sunday is over. Weekends always begin with such optimism with a list of roughly 4,024 things to do... but how much studying, housework, errands, omlette brunches and the crucial rest can one fit into 48 hours? And though I console myself with such logic, inevitably I am slightly disappointed as my to do list is not scratched off nearly as much as I'd like... Oh well... like the goldfish with her abysmal memory I will be just as hopeful next weekend for surely this weekend will be the one. Yes.

Enyur tagged me a while ago. I always wondered where meme's come from, then I met Enyur who actually creates em! This meme is: five sights, sounds, or smells that take you back to a certain place. I had no idea how many emotions this would stir up. If you do it please let me know, would love to check it out.

1. Smoke in the air reminds me of visiting Pakistan as a child. I never knew why until someone pointed out the obvious, pollution. Speaking of Pakistan I recently have a sudden desire to go. Not as a tourist but with family and for them to show me their village, schools, etc. My dad and brother went two years ago and the stories leave me wistful. He says in Pakistan you get a strange feeling as you look around you and realize, at least on the surface, you are not a minority. What that must feel like.

2. Giggling children holding lunch boxes standing outside the capitol remind me of being a teacher. Hearing their laughter, and seeing the teachers exchanging sighs make me feel like an outsider looking in to what was once my life.

3. Green Day's "Time of your life" song brings back memories of living at home when parents and brothers all lived under one roof: Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road. Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go... It's not a question, but a lesson learned in time. I hope you had the time of your life. So take the photographs, and still frames in your mind. Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time... For what it's worth it was worth all the while. When this song plays I am lying on the couch watching "Boy Meets World" on a lazy Summer evening with my brothers, Aamir ofcourse sprawled on the love seat, Ali with a throw pillow on the floor... or playing tennis with my dad by the ocean, shopping with my mom. Sometimes it hits me they are not just a quick drive away and I feel so homesick it makes my heart ache.

4. Strong gusts of wind remind me of Hurricane Andrew which in 1992 came to my part of Florida and destroyed everything. I remember at my new school they had a support group. But I didn't feel tramatized. For me the only real remnant of the Hurricane that lasts with me is the sound of howling wind or the feel of it trying to run through me. I remember the eve before the storm gusts were stronger than normal and I delighted in their strength helping me swing higher and preventing my movements at times when I walked. Now those gusts that once propeled my swings to new heights can stop me in my tracks in inexplicable unease.

30 comments:

Enyur said...

Wow! That was an interesting read! Smoke in the Air...yeah that reminds me of my visit to Pakistan too! I'd love to go and visit again, haven't been there in 10 years!

About #3 (Time of your life), just reading that gave me this weird feeling of nostalgia...but I'm trying to figure out why! lol!

p.s. thanks for the link up! ;)

Aisha said...

I got you beat Enyur, 18 years since I went last time! The memories are still there but its time to create some fresh new ones too :)

#3.. I dont know if you still live at home or not... but I guess we can all relate, and if not yet, we all someday will I guess :)

momyblogR said...

Great Meme! How funny that only now I look back and KNOW that living home with my parents,an older brother and two younger sistes that those were the times of my life. Gosh, what GREAT times.

Well now, it's my turn to try and provide those same memories for my two. To have them look back and be able to say that, would make me the happiest Mother ever!

Aisha said...

Thanks Mommyblogr, you are so right, if your kids can grow up and remember their time with their parents and siblings fondly, then the parents definetly did something right. I have a strong hunch your kids will remember their childhood fondly :)

Enyur said...

Yeah no doubt, memories will remain and yes it's always nice to create new ones and the cycle goes on and on.
And yes, I still do live at home (Kuwanri kuri aan na!) hehehe I guess it was the thought of moving on one day that made me feel nostalgic (although I do look forward to it - I think).

mystic-soul said...

1) I was in Pakistan after 5 years last august and you hit the nail: "In Pakistan you get a strange feeling as you look around you and realize, at least on the surface, you are not a minority". Every moment I was there I had this feelin of "Mere jese log".

2) I was in Ft. lauderdale the night of Hurricane Andrew and all night was sitting near the window heard 'sound of howling wind or the feel of it trying to run through me'. I rememeber. How can I forget !!

Aisha said...

Oh yes Enyur ofcourse its very good to leave home, laikin you still miss it. It's just the paradox that is I guess:)

Mystic, ft. lauderdale huh? I was near homestead where things went to hell. The wind was not by my window, it stormed inside and through our house as we huddled in a hallway. I wondered how its effects were just 30 miles north, I heard it was noisy and trees shaken but relatively ok.

Zak said...

that was nicely written..i could almost see everything you described..

Bongi-Amma said...

i got a lump in my throat and a wistful sort of feeling reading about the green day song, i love that song, it makes me cry inexplicably every single time i hear it. Its one of those songs that just presses all the right buttons inside of you to release all the pent up "stuff" inside. It reminds me of days when i lived in pakistan, definately the best of my life :)

Sohnii said...

Aisha! :D
awww i love ur posts... now i miss my brother and amii and dad too :D
hugs!!!

Aisha said...

Zak, thank you :)

Bongi Amma, Sohnii, I'm glad that it meant something to you too :) It's a powerful song isnt it.

ASH said...

It is strange how it all works. The smell of wood smoke in the air reminds me of India...probably for the same reason it reminds you of Pakistan. And the smell of leather....reminds me of Africa with all the outdoor slaughter houses and leather curing in the sun.

You mention that going back to Pakistan makes you not feel like a minority...I can't imagine that. Except that I enjoy travelling to those parts of the world because I am a minority for the first time and it takes me completely out of my element.

opinionatedinjerzee said...

cool, nice list!

~Pink Gerbera~ said...

Salam,

Yes I liked your answers. I found number four especially interesting!!! Take care Aisha! :)

mystic-soul said...

Yes it was not as bad at Ft. Lauderdale as at homestead. Next day I saw devastation on TV and everything was just 'flat'. We had lot of noise, houses and roofs trembled, trees fall down. I tried to go in balcony and was immposible. But I can imagine homestead, if I do still remember things 30 miles away from 'eye'.

Minka said...

Wow, that wa sinteresting. Amazing how much we can learn about a peron through meme. Thinking about doing this one tonight on my blog!

mezba said...

For me the smell of Bangladesh is the smell of gasoline exhaust in the air when operating a lawn mower in the summer.. that was what pollution used to be from the 3-wheel-scooters single stroke engined scooters they had - thankfully thats gone now.

Aisha said...

Ash- yes more specificially it *is* the smell of wood smoke. I didnt say that going back to Pakistan makes me feel less of a minority b/c last time I went I was 8 and had little concept that I even was one :) But insh'allah it's a place to see, I guess you and I have completley opposite reasons though :)

Amzu and Pink Gerbera thanks:)

Mystic- yep it was pretty bad all around.

Minka I'll have to cehck yours out tonight to see it :)

Mezba that's intresting that bangladesh also has its own distniticve smell and that it too emenates from pollution.. why can't it be flowers or something? :)

Chic Mommy said...

i like the new template. really neat.

Shabina said...

Boy Meets World! What a great show.

The song that always get me is Vitamin C's Friends Forever. Total flashback to high school...

Raheel said...

By now I think half of my body constitutes smoke :p

hamesha: said...

Lol... I concur with Raheel, but in my case it must be a quarter of my body, since I lived there for only 5 years or so.. although living in Peshwar should make up for that fact... anyhow, do visit sometimes, it is a glorious feeling... but on the downside, you would not feel as that special one representative/honorary ambassador of your entire nation anymore...
(safrang.blogspot.com)

wayfarer said...

I wanna go to Pakistan but i will definately be feeling like the minority.

Aisha said...

Chic Mommy, thanks :)

Shabina yes that vitamin C song totally reminds me of highschool'ish days :)

Raheel, lol aww :( hope not!

Hamesha welcome:) insh'allah I plan to visit someday. I dont know if being the one special ambassador of your nation is all that great. In my masters this "repersentative for your nation" was referred to as the burden of the minority..

Aisha said...

Wayfarer your dh's family is pretty much mostly still there right? That would be really nice. Kashif and I dont have many people we know there now which is what makes us drag our feet a little in going.

say what? said...

Hey visit ISB :D
There aint no pollution here :P

ASH said...

Aisha,

If you are planning on going, maybe me and my family will tag along. Might make it more enjoyable if we team up. Just a thought. I always enjoy traveling with like-minded folks.

Aisha said...

TdH, I heard that Lahore is the place that's particularly polluted. So sad. :(

Ash, I will have to check my calender and let you know if I can come. I have exams coming up right around the corner and am kinda engulfed but insh'allah.

Mia said...

Fantastic meme Aisha... as usual you meme and I reply..lol I did mine it was nice brought back alot of memories. Thanks.

Tee said...

What a great meme. I'm trying to remember if I've done this one!

I loved the way you described everything, as usual :)

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