Parallels

Often since our return to the U.S. my husband, Jon, and I will see something and it will remind us of our time in Morocco.  Maybe we’ll overhear a conversation in Arabic, or see an object that looks Moroccan (or even from Morocco), or sometimes it’s just a situation we find strikingly familiar.

Today Jon picked up our sheep skin (a gift from a Moroccan family in 2008 after our first Eid Kabir in the country), which we keep on our floor in front of our couch, so as to take it on the porch and shake out the dirt and dust.  When he picked it up however, he discovered that the bottom was quite damp.  We surmised that this may be due to the heat that we’ve had lately and the fact that our downstairs neighbor keeps her air conditioner quite low, thus causing condensation to form under the sheep skin and making it damp.

Our porch gets a lot of sun this time of day, so he decided to drape it over the railing to dry out; just as one would do in Morocco.

Oh Morocco, with its cold, wet, rainy winters and its hot, dry, sunny summers.  Below are some pictures of what spring cleaning looks like in Morocco.  You will see this on every rooftop and through all the streets.  Women turning their homes inside out (literally) to dry out their rugs, blankets, couches (pondges), wooden sadaries (the platform for the pondges), pillows, mattresses, shoes, and pretty much anything made of fabric or wood.

Not only does the sun dry out these items so well, it also disinfects (and helps fight mold).  Yes, this is something that Grandma Virgie always taught me and Moroccans know very well.

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