Gazans are endowed with the most fascinatingly dazzling options when it comes to hanging out on Fridays. Families would be puzzled by the “so many” options they have to choose from. Polls would be held. Eventually they would decide to go to the very same place they chose last Friday, and the Friday before that, and before that. The sea. The poll anyway would consist of three options (The sea, the beach and the sea).
1.6 million People live in Gaza, only the (.6) would be staying at home -thinking of going to the sea, while the entire million would have already made up their minds and are on their way there, or are already there. The sea would be extremely jammed, you would be lucky to catch a glimpse of the shore because of the so many children, women, men and teenagers who are swimming. On the shore!
Although the atmosphere would be quite disappointing because of the amount of people around you and the fact that you can’t move from one spot to another because simply there is no other spot, yet children would be thrilled.
Football, volleyball, beach ball and all kinds of (ball activity) would be played. Sand castles would be everywhere and horses would be ridden. The look on the face of those happy children makes you just forget the demonstration-like atmosphere around you.
There is only one place Gazans can go to and have real fun, and that is the sea. Whether it’s Friday, Sunday, Tuesday or any day during the week, sea is always the option.
ps. T.G.I.F stands for: Thank God It’s Friday.
I confess “I am not smarter than a fifth grader.”
A year ago, my aunt enrolled her little kids into a program called “Intelligence Mental-Arithmetic.” It is an educational program that aims to develop the mental abilities of little children from 4-12 years old by using “abacus” in dealing with mathematical equations. I always heard my aunt, my other aunt, and my other other aunt praising this program, but I never believed until I saw with my own eyes.
Two days ago, there was an honoring celebration for all the children in this program in al-Shalihat resort in Gaza. The celebration was interesting and there were a lot of performances done by little children like Dabkka, dancing, singing, poetry reciting and more.
What blew me away was a challenge game. They put two movable boards on the stage with 7 mathematical equations written on them then called for two 10 year-old children to answer the equations on the board using their minds. It was amazing how 10 year olds were able to answer the questions in less than 3 minutes. They did the same with other children but this time 8 year olds.
Another dazzling game was that they brought 5 children on stage, boys and girls and then started asking them long cumulative math equations. At first I thought they would be asking them something like “88+5+3-2” or something, but I was shocked when I heard the lady asking “How much does 44+5+75-12+56+90-3+82+32-10+45+73 equal!”, and they instantly answered! They just “imagined” the equation then answered. The most remarkable kid of all the group was a little boy called “Louae” he had all the audiences clapping and cheering. I never felt so ignorant, so little and even so stupid and mentally challenged in my life! I mean, when my friends and I go to a restaurant and the recite comes, we all use calculators! But those little things answered that long Oh My God equation just like that!
Knowing that we have all these little Megaminds in Gaza, proud is simply how it makes me feel.