Saturday, August 27, 2011

Some Of This And Some Of That

Lights back on finally at midnight here and blessed AC blasting away.It is now after dawn here in Tripoli , Saturday . I say Saturday because all day yesterday I thought it was Thursday .I opened my emails to find that so many of you have written comments of support in my crusade for the Libyan NTC to allow foreign spouses such as myself to have basic civil rights  in the NEW LIBYA as they are calling it .There are so many foreign wives and even a couple of husbands that are left feeling like a orphaned child when it comes to having the simplest rights taken for granted in other places around the world.Please NTC, don't forget us, we so deserve them.

A few reply's to several people that sent comments......
Son of Zwara : I can so relate to what you said about spouses being able to inherit in the USA . Moe and I owned joint property( our home) , businesses , cars, and each had individual checking accounts when we lived there . All of which he could have inherited if I had died. Would be so nice to have that here in Libya too . Moe has had several strokes ,has a bad heart and I am his main care taker even though he is independent and is able to do most things on his own . I still have to be with him almost 24/7 to make sure he is ok .But I can't inherit our apartment if something , God forbids, happens to him. It would go to our children.It makes me feel very insecure knowing that.You and your wife are so lucky to have one another.Moe and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary in June.

Khedegah: Ah, my dear one , I have had you in my prayers almost daily and have wondered how you were.So glade to hear from you at long last . Happy to learn you are safe and sound in Ireland.I am deeply saddened to learn of the loss of loved ones in your family here in Libya and will say prayers for them .Zlitan had it hard and our hearts go out to them .I hope you will be able to get your apartment back when you come back to Misurata. It was hit so hard and now parts of Tripoli are starting to remind me of that poor city. I still can't access your blog .Take care little one .

twilatexas : You know you are my favorite oldest niece and I love you too so much !!!!

Anonymous: Thank you so much for your kind thoughts . All the best to you Monica and Massud .

Pinky Tabor: Have thought of you and the kids so many times these last 6 months. Wondering if you were still there in the Philippines or had moved back here to Libya. If your family here were ok .So happy to hear from you ! Blessings little mother.

ibeebarbie: Believe it it not thoughts of you and Amira have entertained me many a time these last few months. I can't wait to get caught up and have continued access to the net to read what the two of you have been up to lately.Thank you for your prayers. The country needs them desperately

Now I have a few things to say about whats been going on here the last couple of days.My heart is breaking . I didn't think it was possible,for I had thought it was shattered beyond breaking anymore.I am seeing on CNN  and on Al Jezzera  things I dreaded and prayed would never come to pass.These are scary days here in Tripoli.I pray for wisdom ,intelligence,patience for the new government and the people.A swift resolution for an end to this conflict .I pray that this NEW LIBYA will become a shinning example for others to follow, but in order for that to happen it must have laws that are followed by all and not slip back into the old bad habits of he who has the most " wasta"( influence) wins.Or he who has the most guns wins.Keep us in your prayers.Counting our blessings , OTE.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Villa On The Med In Tagura,Libya

Hello ! It was last February  when I was able to post on my blog . A lot has happened as you may have heard,the war , which still rages on here in Tripoli and other places in Libya .I just wanted to say that Moe and I are both well and doing fine.Our son and his family are also well and safe.Moe's family that are still here in Libya are doing well. We are all safe ,thanks to God.

We had all sorts of adventures as you can imagine, but for right now I just wanted to thank all of you that wrote, sending your love ,prayers ,and well wishes to us and our family here.Truly the Grace of God has been with us,our family,friends, and wonderful neighbors here in Tripoli. A special prayer goes out to the families that have not been as blessed as we.The families that have lost loved ones ,been displaced, or made homeless. 
A special thanks to NATO and their support. And a IMPORTANT  message to the new Libyan National Transitional Council  ..... please ,please when a new constitution is drafted remember the foreign spouses of  Libyans such as my many friends and myself . Please afford us the rights to own our property , to inherit from our spouses ( our homes that many times we helped build or sacrificed much to help our husbands buy ,are many times NOT given to the surviving spouse due to foreign  citizenship. ), allow us to have the right to own our own businesses legally ,to travel with our multi-national children with out having spousal permission to leave the country,and the right to open our own banking account without spousal approval.

I have lived here off and on for last 40 years .I currently have lived in Libya for 21 years and have not left the country in 19 years. I have born 4 children ,three of which were born on Libyan soil. One child is buried here in Libya.I think I have more than earned the right to be granted these simple civil rights.Please NTC don't forget the silent ones like my friends and I .