In Pakistan (and other countries that celebrate the Muslim month of fasting) the signal for the end of the month of Ramadan is the sighting of the sliver of the new moon in the night sky. The Eid festival celebrates the completion of the days of fasting from sunrise to sundown, and that sliver of moon is eagerly anticipated by those who have endured the month-long fast. Sometimes it seems to take forever for that Eid moon to appear!
There is an Urdu proverb that is derived from that feeling of waiting forever – “you have become the Eid moon.” It is spoken to one who has been long awaited but is late in coming, particularly a close friend who has not visited for some time.
I've become the Eid Moon in that I haven't been posting here since forever! Actually, since October of last year, but that still seems like forever. Sorry for not visiting!
I've been keeping busy in my work as the director of ESL here at the Center in Chicago. It's a fun job for me because I enjoy interacting with women who come in to learn English (and to get help with other things). I sometimes get to use that "Eid Moon" proverb on them if they haven't visited for awhile, and it always makes them laugh. It's great living in this part of Chicago, since it's so very similar to Pakistan -- except that we're also close to Wisconsin so we can drive up and visit family whenever we want!
My health has been pretty good these days, though I'm sorry I didn't take better advantage of the almost snow-less winter in Chicago to get in more walking. At the moment, the weather can't decide if it's going to be winter or spring, so it goes from one to the other on alternated days. ;-)
I have been woefully neglecting the writing of my LotR-related WIPs, but I'm working at getting back into that -- one chapter posted per year is just not acceptable. In spite of that, I did do a fair bit of writing last year, which I neglected to share here in my journal, duh! So my next post is going to be fic-related, with a list of everything I've written in the last year and links so you can read it if you haven't already.
I'll try not to be the Eid Moon after this! :-D