“The greatest gift you can ever give another person is a taste of your own happiness”
Today is Tina’s birthday! I’m not sure how old is she now, we are not that kinda friends, but what I do know that she is one of the most selfless people I have ever met!
I met Tina’s daughter “Lesli” in Jordan while she was studying Arabic as a second language, and because the world is so small Lesli ended up working in Palestine where my family lives. I had the pleasure of introducing her to my family, my grand parents loved her!
This summer (2014) I went to the US for a workshop, I had an extra day in Washington State and no plans, so Lesli on FB suggested I meet her mom! I thought it would be strange to meet her parents while Lesli is still in Palestine, but then I thought why not?! People do travel to try new things..and I was actually excited to meet Tina & John.
I packed my 3 suitcases, each weighed around 28 kilos, and waited for Tina that insisted on picking me up from the Island cabin where I was staying. Tina welcomed me with a warm hug, we walked to her car, she carried the HUGE HEAVY suitcases into her car and did not let me help her, then we drove off.
The car smelled like horses and dogs -which she apologized for-, but I didn’t mind it, I mean it makes sense because Tina owns a beautiful gorgeous small farm, she is a horse trainer, and trains people to ride horses, she loves her horses and dogs as if they were her own children.
We had an amazing conversation in the car, about her childhood in Alaska, and how she enjoyed the tranquility there, no city cars, no city lights, no TV…just nature. We talked about fast food, education, Islam, families, Palestine..and Lesli. The ride to Port Orchard where Tina lives was more than an hour long, this shocked me!! I was so embarrassed that she had to drive all this just to pick me up, but Tina was more than happy about it.
Arriving to her house, and after putting her dogs away -because they did not like me much 🙂 – she made me a delicious cheese sandwich, and asked me to eat it until she prepares the horses for the coming riders. I took a tour around her house, it’s located near a breathtaking forest, surrounded by high trees and amazing green. It started to rain a little which gave all the colors life! Before I go on..Below are some photos of her house: (Click on them to view them in full size)
Tina has a group of children and young adults living in her area that come on weekly basis to train and ride. One of them was half my height, but I was amazed by how well she handled horses. She knew exactly what to do, how to prepare them for a hike, how to clean them…ect. And I was there “The Arabian Girl” sitting and watching saying to myself “Thank God they are not camels, I would have embarrassed myself if they asked me on how to deal with them! “, again before I go on, here are some photos of the young riders working: (Click on them to view them in full size)
The horses were ready! We rode the horses deep in a forest, it was..M.A.G.I.C.A.L. The soft rain, the flowers everywhere, the graceful blue sky, the shiny black horse I was riding, the company I was with, the feeling that there is nothing around me but a virgin nature..and that if I told the horse to run, it would..nonstop..because there is nothing infront of it to stop it…endless fascinating road.. See photos below: (Click on them to view them in full size)
This trip was wonderful. It wasn’t only about the black horse (Although we were both born in the same day according to Tina’s Birth Certificate of him), it was mostly about the blessings God has given me, about the sweet hearts that I have met, about the selfless generous people I was honored to come across in my last day in the US.
If you are wondering, Tina & John were not Muslims, but they were very open minded about people that have a faith, they both made me comfortable the whole time 🙂
Happy Birthday Tina, and Many Returns!
Note: Lesli works on a project to empower Palestinian Women called The Butterfly Projectps , please check it out 🙂