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, July 08, 2007

No news is good news...

Hello friends I didn't write a post for a while because I didn't have electricity , as well as the generator is not working, the weather is very hot and the temperature Is 49 C (and it'll get hotter).We take shower 4 or 5 times a day , the day before yesterday I took a shower at 3 am !! the inverter is not working well too . how joyful!!! . The most unbearable time is in the afternoon between 5-8 pm , very long and boring.My relative finished his exams few days a go, so we'll be able to visit them .couple of days a go I went to a library , and bought two books written by C. S. Luis, ( the silver chair ) , and (the horse and it's boy ).. I couldn't find the type of books I was searching for .. I started to read the silver chair , it reminds me of Harry Poter and the lord of the rings, an imaginary adventures.Yesterday I went with my mom to her work (to get a new night guard) , I had a good time there , the doctors work with my mom are really funny ,and joke all the time , mama is very happy with her work . Mama decided to buy another computer , I found her idea really good, because when we have electricity everyone run to the computer , mama , Mariam , Yosif and I ( hahahah).. When I was in Miriam's age , mama brought me many CDs, teach English and they are useful and fun in the same time , like play and learn with Mickey, Barbie , and other characters like the sesame street' characters .My favorite CD is "children's encyclopedia" , it is fantastic .. Yosif is really intelligent , everyday he play a different CD, he'll learn English really fast , he always repeat the words he hear.
I kept thinking what to write about , I don't have new news , everyday is just like the day before . since the war began my life isn't as fun as before , in the past we had clubs, theaters & stadiums , the teenagers used to join karate , English , computer , and art classes , summer holiday was fun , many parties and celebrations, picnics and traveling , while now we are stuck in our house , I feel really sorry for the Iraqis , specially children who didn't have the chance to experience a life without war , every time I say" Hello Yosif how are you?" he replies , " few days a go an explosion happened and all the windows and doors were broken, I was very afraid……" he always reply the same sentence . I wish he can see the children's city , or live a day without fear, when I was younger , my parents used to take me to have a walk near the river beach, they talk and walk together , while I play and run, they didn't feel worry about me, it was safe for me to walk away alone.I was 10 or 11 when the war began ,so I still have good memories ,when we used to go to Baghdad every holiday, we used to go to the restaurants and casinos , I didn't go to a casino for more than a year , and I don't know whether I'll be able to , or not .. I miss my grandparents and relatives , I miss Baghdad , I miss my life, we used to have a family meeting every Sunday, my mom's uncles come with their wives , sometimes with their children and grandchildren , as well as my parents' aunt with her boys and their wives , oh ,very nice and warm memories indeed.Iraqis are fond of parties and picnics a lot , so it is very hard for me to stay in the house 24/7. I sometimes feel bored from reading and making handmade work , I can't do that all the time , everyday there is a different program on MBC4 between 11 pm-12 midnight , super nanny , race to the altar , brat camp , how to live longer , what not to wear , if we have electricity I watch them. We used to dress our best clothes and go out , and wear our golden jewelries , now we can't wear golden jewelries, my dad bought a new car 3 years ago , and we didn't use it until now , to avoid terrorists blackmail !! I love to go to the markets and do shopping , it is so much fun , specially when we leave the market with many stuff , I used to do that in the past , but now I don't do that anymore , it is not safe to go out .. I thought after the invasion we'll be able to travel, but I was wrong , Iraqis are not easily allowed to enter Jordan , nor UAE , nor USA, nor England , nor anywhere except Syria , going to Syria is not impossible but hard , my dad's uncle spent 2 days waiting to enter !!.My aunt will go to Syria and we won't be able to go and see her (we don't have passports) , I didn't see Rose for 3 years .. A friend of mine (she lives in USA) wrote to me about her plans for the summer holiday , and I was shocked , I am so happy for her , but I thought if I wasn't Iraqi , I would be able to enjoy my holiday the way she does , she will visit many countries. I'd never traveled outside Iraq , but I hope I'll be able to do that someday ..
Try not to lose hope


At 8:23 PM, Blogger Linda G. said...

sunshine, I feel so sad that you and your family, your neighbors, and all the people of Iraq are going through this terrible time. Here in the US, we are torn as to what would be best for your country, our country, and the world. Should US troops withdraw? Somehow, I don't feel that's right, and I think you posted that you feel that we made this mess and we should stay to clean it up. What do your parents think?
Is your father able to drive the new car now? If so, does that mean things are a little safer?
Yosif sounds like a really smart little fellow. I have a picture of him in my mind, studying English whenever he has electricity to do so.
Are any of the books you would like to read and can't find in English? Could we mail them to you?
I'm so glad your mother likes her new workplace.
Keep shining, Sunshine. You have many people all over the world thinking of you and praying for you and your family every day.

At 2:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunshine, it's sad your not able to visit foreign countries, yes, not even your own city! But keep happy, you're lucky in a special way. There are friends out there in the world, who'll always have a door opened for you - hope, you'll get the chance to enter. Soon!

I hope, you will find your peace - and your folks, your nation, your country too. But, I think, there's always a sun shining, even if the sky is cloudy. You're a smart young girl, you have great family - even if you all sometimes might shatter of fear, you're kind of great. I hope, this will be granted soon with the peace and liberty, which belong to the great people.

o.k., that's the pathetic part :P

I hope, you'll never lose the sense of wonder for a great book, but I know how it is to read and read and read - any time everybody gets bored by books. Especially, if it's so hot! (49° C - that's 15° C more than I ever felt!). I would melt!

I hope, you'll get the opportunity to go out and feel the joys of a living city soon. Until then, keep strong, sunshine!

At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I continue to have hope for your future Sunny. You know a lot of people have become very fond of you. It's like hearing about family having a hard time and not being able to help. I look forward to the day that life is better for you and your family. There are some people that have said the war against terrorism cannot be won, but the reality is, it must not be lost.The lives and futures of too many good people are at stake. Keep the faith, keep your Sun shining. : )

At 7:12 PM, Blogger pansypoo said...

bless you sunshine. from 'Ouisconsin, WI, USA. stay strong. i am sorry for what 'my country' has done in 'iWaq'.
the C.S. Lewis Narnia books were some of my favorites when i was a child. of course everybody starts with the lion the witch and the wardrobe. and despite the christian undertones, they are wonderful fantasy. your english is better than my high school spanish. which i cannot remember.
may you be able to travel soon. and may your days get sunnier.

%$^#@ bushit.

At 7:41 PM, Blogger annie said...

hi sunshine, i came over from seeing your excellent post at BT's.

what can i say? stay safe please. i am so sorry your teenage years are full of war. just make the best of it and you will have plenty of time to make up for all the fun you are missing out on when you grow up and things are better.

you are iraq's future, so stay safe at all costs.

At 12:30 AM, Blogger John said...

I'm glad you are all right even though it is so hot and unpleasant. I think about you often and pray for you and your family. Stay strong!

At 10:14 AM, Blogger BirdMan said...

Sunshine, I made Art Harbour Baghdad.

Please show this.

At 10:57 AM, Blogger Marshmallow26 said...


Don't lose hope, we should encourage each other to get to the summit of better living...

Hugs and Kisses

At 11:09 AM, Blogger BirdMan said...

AH Luanda presented African Children's paintings to AH Baghdad!

Please show AH Baghdad!!!


At 6:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

please, please don't lose your sunny temperament. you have so many on line friends. keep safe and hope that the sun will shine again.

At 2:47 PM, Blogger BirdMan said...

I presented a lyrics to you from Art Harbour Shimokitazawa, which is based on Ethiopia Emperor's Speech
at Calif. USA on 1968.

BOB Marley sang the lyrics!!!

Please show AH Baghdad.


At 5:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Young Lady, If there is any good to come from the hardship you are going through, it is that you are growing older, wiser and stronger each day as long as you can maintain that optimistic attitude and hope for a better future. Living through and overcoming hardship builds strength and character but no-one should have to go through what you are experiencing. Hopefully it will get better soon.
You are a joy to all of us that are fortunate enough to read your blogs.
You have the prayers of many for a better, safe and prosperous future of peace and joy.
Lots of love to you and your family.
Wade in Houston

At 1:11 AM, Blogger sara said...

49C, that's crazy! I was in Iran a few weeks ago and I thought it was hot there (around 20-25C). I guess I should be more gratful for the freedom we have here, and pray that you get yours back. It really sucks what is happening there, and I'm so sorry. I hope you can keep enter.

x sara o

At 5:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sunshine,
I just wanted to stop by and tell you I'm thinking about you. I really enjoy reading everything you write.
Until later,

At 5:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sunshine,

It makes me extremely sad to know all the difficulties you are going through. I hope there will be improvement soon.

I am amazed at the intelligence that I read about the children of Iraq. I am referring to children like Yosif. Knowing how to play with the computer at age 3 is almost unbelievable.

Some of your readers would like to send you books if they had an address. Najama arranged with a college to do that. Is it possible that your library would do that?

Stay safe. Keep thinking positively. Many of us are praying to God to help you, your family and all innocent Iraqi people. I hope there will be improvement soon.

Keep smiling and the sunshine will come through wonderfully.

At 1:27 PM, Blogger BirdMan said...


Russian Astronaut Yurii Alekseevich Gagarin said "Earth is Blue".

So the color of The Gaia is basically "blue".

And the color of Hubs is basically "white" which stands for clouds.

And you are sunshine!!!

Blue, White, Orange!!! Wonderful!!!

Please Click!!!

AH Shimokitazawa AO(JP)

At 8:36 AM, Blogger BirdMan said...


I presented "Hakata Yamakasa" to AH Baghdad!

"Hakata Yamakasa" is a festival in Japan.

Please show AH Bagdad!


At 4:43 PM, Blogger BirdMan said...

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At 4:47 PM, Blogger BirdMan said...

This is American. But I think that it is so good for Sunshine!

Beautiful Land

Nina Simone sang this song!

Please show AH Baghdat!!!

AO at AH Shimokitazawa, Tokyo(JP)

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Raghda said...

Sunshine my friend,
Don't ever lose hope, it's all we got, Its true that I left Iraq but believe me I am not better than you are, I too get sad all the time, I miss my friends and family, I miss my life but what can we do. Don’t give up and be strong.

At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Sunshine,
I'm very sorry for you... while I read your entry, I noticed how good my life is...
I hope that see war will end soon!!!
Love Lara

Ahm... thats my Blog: But I think you will not understand, because it's german...

At 9:43 AM, Blogger Cik Piza said...

Hi Sunshine..I admire your courage.May all your dreams come true, Ameen.

At 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi sunshine
My name's Angeline
when i read ur blog, i feel really really sad. u are a really strong person. there are really lots of tragic incidents happen to ur loved ones and u're still strong and brave as ever. I really admire u a lot. U are a really great and special person. I'll always pray for you and ur family to stay save ;) I hope you'll continue shining like a sunshine and don't lose hope. Oh and btw, ur blog was on Malaysia's newspaper. Ok, that's all i wana say. You are a gem!

At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry my stupidity but why on earth you don't have passport?

At 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey sunshine, i hope things will get better for u and your family there...its really sad to know that innocent lives are lost in the war. people around the world are praying for u and the situation in baghdad...

just know that u r in our thoughts...

stay optimistic as strong. the way, your blog appeared on Malaysia's newspaper today.thats how i came across your blog...

= )

take care

At 8:57 PM, Blogger orange said...

hi sunshine! your site is featured in one of the newspapers here. there is a mixture of feelings after reading your posts. thou i was never near living in the conditions you are having now but best wishes from me to you and your family there. keep the sunshine shining there =)

At 5:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sunshine,

I love reading your blog. A lot of the things you write and your experiences are very moving. I am an English teacher in Taiwan. Our website is so you can see our school. I have many students in our Junior High who would like to send you some letters. Would this be ok?

Keep well and warm wishes from Taiwan,

At 2:07 PM, Blogger Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious said...

hi sunshine, you are a strong girl. i love reading your blog. You've let me know how it feels & how it is like being at your place. I will be parying for you & your family. Take care! :)

At 4:37 PM, Blogger ♥小白鲨♥ said...

hello sunshine ! I'm Jace n i feel sorry about ur situation in iraq. Like u, I love reading too n if u can't find da english books u want, mayb u should try finding them on online libraries. There r many free online libraries where u can access many varieties of books for free (the bad news is: u'll tend 2 have eye pains bcz u can't resist continue reading until ur eyes really hurt...). I wasn't sure about the addresses of the online libraries coz i usually only read chinese books online (i'm a Malaysian chinese). Anyway, be happy n good luck !

At 5:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sunshine,
You obviously don't know me. Well, I'm from Malaysia. Your blog was featured in our local paper so I decided to pay it a visit! It's no wonder you're called Sunshine. You're so optimistic! And your handcrafts are beautiful too (I tried making a skirt once as a school project and it was horrible!)! Your marks are actually fantastic! I'm really bad when it comes to studying (a 25% on my history *cries* ). It's hard to believe you're actually 15. You act rather mature which is of course good (I'm 14 by the way)! You face dangers everyday and go through such hardships and still manage to find a bright side all the time. I would be terrified beyond my wits if I were in your shoes. It must be terrible to live everyday like that. I hope that you and your loved ones will be safe.

Kasumi (here's my e-mail if you happen to want it:


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