Posts tagged Belonging
The Dining Room

It is quiet in the dining room of the nursing home at 5:15. No one speaks. The residents eat carefully and intentionally. This is the dining room for those who are able to feed themselves, and that is what they do. Each one looks straight-ahead, lifting fork, spoon, and cup from the table to their mouth. They are focused on eating, chewing and swallowing. They are focused on drinking, sipping and swallowing. There is no chatter, no conversation, no dawdling. Time is limited and nourishment is necessary. They eat with purpose, not with joy or pleasure, not with humor or social engagement. There is no mistaking this for a middle school cafeteria. There will not be a food fight. 

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We Have Stories: Voices of Palestine

Storytelling offers a platform of connecting to others. When stories are told, a community is formed. As a Palestinian-American, I’ve especially felt the need to belong to a community. I’ve struggled to belong anywhere. Growing up, I’d spend summers visiting family members in the Middle East and would be considered American. I’d spend months between those summers living in Pennsylvania always being thought of as Middle Eastern. In a sense, I’ve lived in displacement my entire life.

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