Days of My Life

Talk about daily life of a teenage girl in Iraq, and days of suffering and success. My nick name will be Sunshine..

Sunday, October 16, 2005

I don't know yet ....

Hello friends ,tomorrow I will have mathematics exam .. & I am soooo confused I don’t know if I should go to school , or stay at home ? .
The stroll bans end at 6:30 o'clock in the morning ! That means only an hour & a half before school time !!
What if I go to school & I don't find a way to be back home , where shall I spend the night ? in the street ?
If I will stay at home what about the exam ? I will take ZERO ! I heard that in Baghdad the pupils will stay at home for 5 days after the referendum , until things settle down. .
I called some of my friends asking them if they will go to school or not , some said they will go & some said the will stay home , & some said they don't know yet, their houses are near the school , they don’t have to pass through the bridges .
What if I went to school & get hurt ? , I will regret that for the rest of my life ..
I am confused …
Sunshine …


At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunshine-do what your heart tells you, after talking it over with your mom! A zero can be overcome. Prayers for all of you. Hopefully, the light at the end of the tunnel is not a train! The "little ray" picture is precious. Thanks for updating your bio. Stay safe,

At 5:39 PM, Anonymous Sara said...

A failing grade can be overcome and made better - your safety should come first. Hopefully the day will come VERY soon when this will no longer be a worry for you!

At 8:58 PM, Anonymous RG said...


Not having time to get to school due to the referendum curfew is not your fault. The school should take that into consideration.'

It is time to learn how to negotiate. Sometimes, like the other day, you lose a negotiation, but if you are persistent, you eventually win.

I would call the school and tell them the curfew prevented you from arriving and negotiate a chance to retake the test. Even if you lose that negotiation too, you are learning something important in life, how to negotiate situations.

Rule number one in negotiations:
1) Always be honest so that integrity of the negotiation is not a question.
2) Make it a win, win deal. In other words, negotiate a deal where you win and the school wins too.

Your case is unique. The school head mistress seems to be hard to work with but maybe you can find someone even higher who your parents can negotiate with.

At 2:56 AM, Blogger Maddog said...


Trust me on this one.

Your intelligence, your desire for learning, your aptitude... will win in the end. You are young now and don't realize the importance of your upbringing. Things "will" work out for you.

Just wait! You're a smart cookie! Talk to us when you are a PHD of something!

Needless to say... we are all behind you girl.

I know I love you. So... be an example!

At 6:05 AM, Blogger Jack Bennett said...

If you (and your parents) think it might be too dangerous to go don't. There will be other tests but there's only one Sunshine.

At 6:59 AM, Blogger Half-Pint said...

School and an education are very important but your safety and well-being are more so. I agree with everything everyone has said already. Take care and know you are in my prayers.

Thank you

At 1:00 PM, Blogger olivebranch said...

In other words sunshine, DONT GO TO SCHOOL.

Imagine how worried you are now, and imagine that your mother might get so worried about you as to have a heart attacK!!!!!

Please, we all want you to stay home in this period.... It is not a good idea to break the curfew, and I am sure that most people will stay home.

If you had a school near by, that is different. But your school is a dangerous road, and in the days after a referendum even more dangerous.

please stay home! i will teach you if they kick you out of school! just teach me arabic first! :)

it is not worth to risk a brain full of knowledge and a heart full of wisdom like yours on a simple school test. If they refuse, give us their postal adresses and phone numbers and we will organise 100,000 people to bombard them with letters emails and phonecalls saying "let the students sit the test!"

ask Mama,
I am sure she wants you home deep in her heart.

At 8:41 PM, Blogger Mad Canuck said...

RG: You should read some of Sunshine's earlier posts and some of Najma's (she goes to the same school). From what they've both written, their headmistress is quite a stickler for exams and attendance without regard to the conditions outside. It seems negotiating with their headmistress would be rather like negotiating with a brick wall.

At 8:42 PM, Blogger Mad Canuck said...

Sunshine: By the way, personally, I'd stay home if it's not safe. I know you live far away from the school.

At 3:36 AM, Blogger Kim said...

I'm glad you are staying home Sunshine. I want you to be safe.

At 2:32 PM, Anonymous Mrs. K said...

Sunshine, I am an American TEACHER. Your blog has touched my heart and I would like your permission to share your blog address with my students. Also I would like to read what you have written to them so that they have a better understanding of just how blessed they are to live in a place where "personal safety" whle going to school is not a concern. You have received good advice, so I feel no need to add to it; however, my prayers are with you no matter what you decide.

At 8:52 PM, Blogger Sunshine said...

Hello Mrs.k
hope you are fine , thank a lot for your comment ..
It will be my pleasure if you share my blog address with your students .

At 5:43 AM, Blogger Gee Oh! said...

am readin ur blog and talkin to olive about it, he said u went to ur exam and have been busy with others this week, i hope you do well, good luck to you, you are very brave :)

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