Sitti’s Scarf

Colours of My Life  Photo Challenge Day 10 – A picture of your most treasured item.

 My grandmother’s headscarf and glasses.

When my grandmother passed away, I knew exactly what I wanted from what little belongings that she had brought with her to California.  Her little headscarves that she used to tie on and wear under her khirka, a long, loose, cotton white shawl, and her glasses.  I also wanted her turquoise stone rings that she always wore, but Iman got those.  She was her favorite after all.

I wrapped her scarf around a thin piece of cardboard and attached my favorite picture of her with a bit of double stick tape.  The glasses fit perfectly between the glass of the frame and the back board.  A few months ago while I was cleaning my grandmother’s room at my parent’s house, I decided to fold her traditional embroidered Palestinian dresses and put them at the top of the closet instead of leaving them hanging.  As I shook them out and folded them perfectly, I heard a muffled jingle.  I knew automatically where to look. 

A thoub, the traditional dress worn by most of the elderly Palestinian woman, does not have pockets at the hips.  Instead, it is at the chest.  I’m not even sure if all grandmother’s have this pocket or if it was just Sittie, my grandmother.  Sitti used to carry everything in that pocket.  If she was going to be out, she would pack away her lunch in there.  There was always a piece of candy or stick of gum for a child that she may have seen during the day.  And most certainly it is where she carried her money.

Once my hand touched those cold shekels, the currency used in Palestine, I felt weak in my knees and tears rolled down my face.  Sitti’s money.  Her small, wrinkled hands with the turquoise stone rings were the last to touch these coins.  Bus fare. Change from the little shop around the corner, perhaps.  A few pieces left from the land and life she left behind.

I knew immediately that I would add them to the scrapbox that I had already created for her items.  I miss her terribly but I’m happy that I have these items as a daily reminder of her.

More about scrapboxes here.

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  • kathy says:

    That is a beautiful post

  • HijabiMommy says:

    Beautiful post Masha'allah. It's great that you have those things to remind you of her and share with your girls as they get older.

  • little moments says:

    I'll make dua for your precious grandmother….I just love your blog…

  • Sharstin says:

    what an amazing post, and tribute. I love how you have her items displayed as well–gorgeous!

  • little moments says:

    ps..I finally did your tag…sorry it took some years…

  • Shahirah Elaiza says:

    May Allah s.w.t. bless her soul and may you be reunited in Jannah, inshaAllah! Ameen =)

    p.s. Love what you've done with her belongings. Now I'm thinking of doing something similar with my late Dad's stuff..

  • Kate says:

    Amnah, that was beautiful mashallah! I love what you've done with your grandmother's things, such a good idea.

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