G has loved having this time in the middle east. At least once a week he says to me, "I hope it's stable enough for us to come back someday." He talks about it being a beautiful, but very much war torn country. His heart breaks when he hears other disparage it, reminding them that a dictator tore it up for kicks for decades. So yes, it's a poor country in many ways. But the culture and the people of it are beautiful.
I love countries that are so different from our own. As much as I love metropolitan areas, my favorites from my trip a couple years ago were definitely Turkey and Egypt. I found both to have this sort of hospitality mindset that was surprising. This warmth. Their countries might in some ways not be as "sophisticated" as ours, but their pride in it was beautiful.
I had picked up a large pashmina in Turkey at a local market that I wear all the time. And I bought a couple scarves with gold threads woven in from a boy in Egypt. So when G said he was going shopping I told him I would love to have a scarf from Iraq. He found one today in a shop that a local he knows/works with was the best on base. It's beautiful, warm colors that I can't wait to wear this fall.
I want us to go to these places some day. To be able to safely walk around the market places and take tea at a small cafe. To see some of our faith's sites, because they are spread all throughout the middle east. Until then, we have photos, and a scarf to remind us of this place we hope to tread in the future.