Eid Mubarak

I returned a rental car this morning to the South Flatbush/North Midwood area, a part of Brooklyn fairly near my home, yet which I don’t walk through every day. Many Muslim families have settled there — a fact made even more apparent than usual, as many residents were out on the sidewalks in clearly festive mood, wearing what were obviously brand-new clothes, cheerfully greeting neighbors and smiling at strangers. I took note and deduced it was a holiday. Yep, today begins Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. Considering recent global events, especially the current hot Palestinian/Israel conflict, it was really personally helpful for me to see peaceful and happy Muslim families celebrating their faith and identity with each other, as an active part of my home community. In gratitude, I offer up a sincere wish for an Eid Mubarak to us all.

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About amywinns

Semi-snarky, semi-sincere, occasionally ranting, always paying attention. Feminist who can work a skirt and crack a joke. Grammar nerd who is also fun at parties. Mid-career writer/editor with 15 years’ experience in newspapers & magazines who now helps developers at a major media corporation communicate with the suits who write the checks. Pro-women, pro-family, pro-choice, pro-workingclass, pro-entrepreneur, pro-farmer. Like every other bourgeois Brooklynite, I choose local/organic/raw food — mostly vegetables — whenever possible/reasonable/affordable but I’m not a smug asshole about it. Hometown: Atlanta. Weird hobby: lindy hop. No pets, no kids, no thanks.
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