Today, Bambi’s dad surprised her with this audio (see below, if you wish).
Needless to say that she was deeply moved… and she smiled too at the seriousness of her young voice.
Perhaps to have fun in the Beirut lock down, Bambi’s dad converted this 40-year-old file from a radio tape format to a digital format.
She can still vividly recall those beautiful childhood memories of how he made the montage with the beautiful music whilst she was reading the poem written as a tribute from a little boy to his mom in heaven.
She believes this Arabic poem, entitled “Oummy” (which means: My mother) was written by the incredibly talented Lebanese poet, Mr. Ounsy el Hajj (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ounsi_el-Hajj ; 1937-2014).
Bambi would like to express her love for her mom and dad (+ sisters and their smaller families). Without sounding too philosophical tonight, she thanks heaven for having been born and raised in our family :).
This being said, there is nothing more beautiful than the Arabic language to express one’s love to her mother. Miss you mom! Thanks again and miss you too dad.
To conclude this post, a little secret about Bambi as a child: Relatives and family friends used to call her “the poet”. Indeed, it is poetry and diary writing that allowed her to keep her sanity (despite her usual craziness) whilst growing up in the middle of an absurd and cruel civil war.
Dad and mom, thank you for fostering in your children the love of languages!