إذا رجع ابني | Should my son come back…

[These are the words of the mother of one of the disappeared during the Lebanese civil war. Source unknown; contributed by Zeina Allouche. Further coming full circle: Above the communal crypt of my mother’s final resting place was a mirror engraved with the hadith: “Paradise lies at the feet of mothers.”]

إذا رجع ابني خليه يزورني ويدق عقبري ٣ مرات
هيك بركي هونيك برتاح وصية… • أم مخطوف خلال الحرب اللبنانية

Should my son come back let him knock on my grave 3 times;
in this way maybe I will find peace.

About Daniel Drennan ElAwar

Adoptee, rematriated.
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2 Responses to إذا رجع ابني | Should my son come back…

  1. Arlette Assenberg says:

    Hi Daniel,

    I thought a lot about you on Friday, wondering , wished so much for you,
    for your visit to your mothers resting place.
    A sense of restoration I think, even if it were very small.
    Know that your journey is helping me to advance in this difficult process. I’m sure the same applies to many of us from Lebanon and other countries who are searching.
    You really have no idea how much of an impact your search and rematriation has had on me, since I started following your writings in 2004.
    You shared your journey in your writing, providing access to Lebanon through your eyes.
    I sincerely hope I get to meet you in person one day, Inch’ Allah

    Thanks you,
    Arlette

  2. Rosine says:

    I also thought about you so much on Friday and prayed for you as you journeyed to your mother’s resting place. This post is beautiful! WOW! How very touching. You know, someday it would be neat for those of us adopted from the Creche to be able to meet. I can honestly say I have not felt the pain and struggle as some have, however, I do value and have great appreciation for all you have shared, for your struggle and for your courage. You have opened many people’s eyes and you have not been afraid to express your own wonderings. I have always said that I would love to be able to thank the Mom who gave me physical birth, to thank her for choosing life, as I also thank the Mom who continued to give me life. I now go and visit her grave because she died many years ago. Daniel, thank you so much for allowing us to journey with you and for being so honest with us during this very emotional time. Thank YOU, thank you.

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