Saturday, June 28, 2008

Getting To Know You

I have this conversation every day:
Arab: What's your name?
Me: Hannah.
Arab: That's an Arabic name!
Me: Yes.

Pause.

Arab: Are you Arab?
Me: Do I look Arab?
Arab: Oh.

Pause.

Arab: But you have an Arabic name! Is your mother Arab?
Me: Do I look like my mother is Arab?
Arab: Oh.

Pause.

Arab: But you have an Arabic name!
It's nice to have some constancy in my life, you know?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

But your mother did study Arabic and knew it had Arab derivatives along with the Biblical one so you could move the conversation forward with that .

gar said...

oh.

nice. i love it when other people have name issues. it makes me feel like i'm not alone =) i'm so glad you're liking it out there, but, oh, how we miss you. oh.

Kaneeneenie said...

what does it mean in arabic?

The Dancing Newt said...

Yay! I like this conversation...