Friday, January 28, 2011

Just A Letter. Just A Reaction To Current Events. Just A Late Night Exploration Of Thoughts.

Barefoot in Cairo

We weren't together for very long but I loved every minute I spent with you.  I experienced so many new and wonderful things during our short love affair.  You took me on adventures.  You showed me how beautiful the world is.  You made me change the way I think about lots of things.  I miss you all of the time.  I've thought about learning your language and going back to you for longer than just three short weeks. 

I don't normally keep up with the news, but last night I read the reports about you.  I nervously clicked "play" on a news clip and I recognized you immediately. 

You were so angry and violent.  That is not how I remember you.  That is not how I want you to be. 

And tonight, you've disappeared from cyberspace completely.  This scares me for you.  I want the best for you.  You are beautiful and I hate watching all of this, especially since I am unable to do much of anything. 

Egypt, I am thinking about you tonight.  I'm thinking of the people I met and the friends I made while I was there and I am wondering where they are right now. 

I fear it's all going to get worse before it gets better.  But I guess all we can do is see what happens tomorrow.

The sun setting over The Nile

That's all I've got for tonight.  I'll go back to being funny soon, I promise.  


  1. Beautiful thoughts.

    I only saw part of the news on this, while I was standing in line at the bank. I couldn't hear what was going on because the news was turned off, but I saw a clip of a citizen run up to the cameras, bleeding on the entire right side of his head -- eyes wide and filled with terror. As there was no sound, I couldn't tell what he was saying or who he was. But my heart broke; especially seeing the violence and riots in the background.

    I'm a little ashamed to say that I closed my mind to it after seeing that. I didn't go scope out the news; I just pushed it to the back of my mind, because I didn't know what else to do.

  2. This is different for you Lauren - but I like it. It's hard to see a place you love going through so much.

    You're right, it will probably get worse before it gets better - I hope this person you care about is okay.

  3. Tabs - Honestly, I close my mind to most news reports too. Not on purpose, it just happens. This one just struck a chord with me because I've been there and have dreamt of going back ever since I returned to the states.

    Allison - The love affair I wrote about was one with the entire country of Egypt. Re-reading it this morning, that might be slightly unclear. But there are a couple of friends I made over there that I am wondering about. I usually don't stay up on current events, but I stayed up way too late last night reading all the Egypt reports. It's hard for me to watch.

  4. In my defense I read this on my phone at 7:30 am - I've been up since 5.

  5. Just wanted to say this was beautifully written. Very poetic for such a sad situation.

  6. I'd like to write you an insightful comment, but I really don't think I know enough about Egypt and its politics. I mean it's a dangerous time of course, but could it be good for the country in the long run? I really don't know.

    I do hope your friends are ok though, and that what you saw on TV won't tarnish the memories of your visit!

  7. Good post... It's been so weird for me to see those images that I haven't even written about it... not yet at least.


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