Life in rural Texas has been interesting so far. In front of our house there are some shady trees and a long driveway that fronts a main Texas highway route. Sometimes I sit on the porch while the kids play on their bikes and watch the cars drive by. I guess that is a really Texan thing to do There are mostly older people that live around here and have done so for generations. Not much seems to change. It’s really a very peaceful existence.
Everything here is rather spread out though so there is no shortage of SUVs. We’ve driven to a few places so far, including the local Wal-mart at least 3 times a week!
There’s a Mosque very close to us but we’ve been so busy with the kids and the house that we haven’t had time to go for more than Jumah and a few classes. Sad, cuz I always thought I’d try to go to every prayer including Fajr since the weather is so nice and it’s only a hop, skip and a jump away!
I thought the Mosque would be more active but there’s not much going on in terms of social activities or programs. No one wants to help out or get involved too much. Most people seem to be here only on a temporary basis until they can move to Dallas or some other big city. Some marry non-Muslims and are busy and not so involved with the Muslim community. Some of their kids come to the Mosque but they are pretty obviously lost. Alhamdulillah there is a little Islamic school here but most parents take their kids out after kindergarten looking for ‘more rigorous academics’ for their children. I guess that’s the story of Muslims in small town America.
At night the parking lot’s huge stadium lights get turned on and local Muslim kids show up to play cricket until 3am. Sometimes they bring their hookahs or try to do donuts or drag race in the parking lot. Guess there’s not much else to do and at least they’re doing something “wholesome” instead of going to clubs!
Nature here is really nice. Not quite tropical, but dry and has a beauty of its own. Especially the wide open land everywhere. So many beautiful different kinds of birds too that even start warbling at 2am. The weather is dry and warm. Hot in the middle of the day but so very nice in the evenings and mornings. We also experienced our first Texan rainstorm which was very scary, especially when hail started coming down! Sometimes there’s a nice breeze during the day. I kind of like life here except that I miss people. Like having friends, going out to restaurants, shopping (besides walmart!) or the movies. And the open hostility from strangers is kind of scary. We went with the kids to an arts and crafts fair in town and as soon as we got out of the car we got stares and glaring. I doubt they have ever seen a Muslim in their life except for on TV with those scenes of terrorism or Afghanistan etc. But instead of curiosity or friendliness there’s a lot of hatred. Guess we really are in Bush country.
Allrightey, so there’s a Texan update from me y’all! c u soon