Few hours ago, Amira Salach, my beloved grandmother, passed away at age 86. I called her desert rose and The rose of Baghdad, as she came very young to Israel from Iraq. like her name (Princess in arabic), she was a royal looking woman, yet so noble and humble human being. I got her eyes and smile. She spoke mainly arabic, and was the first to introduce me to the arab language, and to the songs of Farid El Atrash, abd el wahab, Um Kalthoum and many more of the great Arabic orchestral heroes. When my grand father died, something died with him inside of her. they were inseparable. I remember when I was about 5 years old, I carved on her furniture grandma I love you, a semi-vandalism semi-romantic gesture.. I will miss your tea with mint (Naana), your loving warm smile, and the peace youve bestowed on every man & woman that ever came across your modest & simple way of life. She left 3 children, 11 grand children and 16 grand-grand children. You are forever in my heart, savta. siti habibti, ana bahibak.
Posted on: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:44:18 +0000
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