I\’m a bit ticked off – and need to just vent. My niece sent me a photo of herself and her 2-year-old. They are both wearing hijabs. The photo was taken on Ramadan this past April. My sister married a man from Iran. They are Persians. BIG difference. My niece is with a man who is from Somalia. He is a Muslim but he only observes their holy days. It\’s not what I would have preferred for my niece but honestly, it is not my business. Her whole life was set up on this pathway. My sister embraced Persian Culture and so it was totally natural for my niece to embrace it. I am very close to my sister\’s step-nephew. My sister practically raised him. He\’s a wonderful man and an extremely successful businessman in Los Angeles with a beautiful family. There is a huge Persian population in and around LA. They are good people.
My beautiful Niece
So, I – not really thinking about the \”controversy\” of them wearing a hijab, I texted the photo to 2 of my friends in the bay area – we go back for 30+ years. I\’m thinking my great-niece is adorable and nothing else. I\’m a proud Great Aunt – just showing pictures. Usually, when I text something I get an immediate reply and so far NOTHING from both of them. One is a real lefty Liberal feminist and the other is the complete opposite.
My feelings are hurt and then, I get mad. I can\’t tell you how many photos they have texted me. Just RUDE. I\’m not a grandma yet -Is this because of the Hijab? Maybe they think they are ugly? Wow.
My beautiful Great-Niece
So that saying is true. We all have family members we love and while they could be of a different religion or race (do people even care about race any more these days) or live a different lifestyle – they are still blood family and we love them. I guess this is about ignorance. I\’m wondering should I say something? Probably not, because I will get mad.
It\’s getting to the point where I am feeling I need new friends.
PS. Maybe my Nieces eyebrows? When she dresses all up she does this – she even goes to a place that enhances her eyebrows when wearing a hijab. Plus she is a beautician and esthetician. She\’s really into makeup and all of that.