SEEKING LOVE - TEACHING MATERIALS-TEACHERS' SHORT STORIES AND ARTICLES- LEISURE

TEACHING MATERIALS-TEACHERS SHORT STORIES AND ARTICLES- LEISURE

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

SEEKING LOVE


Amal, is a very rich, contemporary, and modern woman, physically still attractive and still preserve her beauty. She is actually 42 years old. however, she kept fit and she preserved her youthful beauty and fitness. She practises sports every morning at the sports club located next to her luxurious Villa, the villa that each woman in the city wants to own someday. She lives in the Moroccan city of Fes with her two daughters, a son, and a busy husband who doesn't care about the emotional and psychological issues. However, he provides the family with all materials needed, she was married to him at an early age when he was one of the few graduated engineers in the country in the late 80s; he is now one of the most famous politicians in the country. Amal is very keen on looking attractive and elegant in front of others, she was very beautiful in her childhood and she believes that she must keep her beauty till she takes it with her to the grave. She's deeply attached to the high social class and she can't support becoming a poor person without expensive cars, a villa and a husband with a high political position and authority. Amal has got a few friends from the same social class and she doesn't have any poor friend except the handmaids and servants at home. The oldest of her daughters is a beautiful girl whose profession is a dentist who completed her graduation abroad, her name is Sara and she heavily looks like her mother, she inherited most of her qualities from her mum, she is fierce and harsh sometimes. Whereas, Nadia looks like her father concerning his modest behaviour toward others and she strongly love learning and reading books, especially the French literature just like her father, Nadia is famous among the students by her nice father who's a famous politician in the town and her beautiful mother even though she was more famous by her harsh mother, she was a beautiful girl with black curved hair and black eyes. Nadia is a university student who aims at becoming a doctor in French literature. In fact, she doesn't have a friend, but Amine, her older brother is always by her side, he is her best friend with whom she talks to whenever she suffers or if she faces any trouble. Amine is the only boy at home, he is deeply loved by his father and his mother. He is a handsome 24 year old boy, very tall and strong physically and he is addicted to playing basketball ,he thinks all the time about moving to live in the USA in spite of his mother's constant objection. "you have to study hard in Morocco my son till you graduate and get a good job, I would like you to marry my niece, she's beautiful, educated and she belongs to our social class, moreover, her father is a famous businessman in our town". "don't you remember when you were playing with her when you were children!? She loved you from your childhood up to now, she always tell your sisters that she is still in love with you and she can't marry anyone but you" , she always keeps telling him this though he doesn't like it at all, and he entirely refuses that someone makes decisions about his private life, whoever is that person. However, he has never told this to his mother because he thinks that she is deeply scared that he chooses a girl from a poor social group as his wife; and this will bring shame to their family. Amine, the beloved son, is getting prepared to move to the USA to carry on his studies there. However, he started to hesitate and renege on realising his dream as a consequence of a girl that knocked their villa's door one day. The girl's name was Mina, she was born and raised in a Moroccan village and she is an illiterate girl. She knocked their door asking for a job to support her family. Amine's mother asked her then, "can you work as a maid?" and she immediately said: "Yes, and I have experience in working as a servant in many houses, but I have never worked in a big villa like this Madam"; "I will do my best madam to satisfy you and satisfy your whole family" she was very respectful and submissive. Consequently, Amal accepted her because she always loves to act like a boss and she needs servants to show off and be the centre of attention when she invites her high class friends. She adores talking about her cars and money, she always deplores and criticises her maids in front of the visitors, She enjoys herself when she criticises someone. Mina, the servant, was an attractive village girl with a natural beauty. What's more, she is a nice person and she behaves very well. "she's the best maid I have ever seen in our house, she looks beautiful and nice". Amine said. His mother could not support complimenting the maid in front of her so she told him, "never intervene in such things, I am responsible for the servants and maids and all what's going on inside this house" . Amine revealed his love to the servant three months later and then to his sister Nadia; his secrets keeper. He knew that she will support him and so she did because she has always been his mere support when he was a child up to now. Nevertheless, he couldn't reveal his love of the servant to his mother who's always afraid of poor people, "how can I convince her, I know she won't accept my decision to marry Mina" he said to his sister Nadia. Nadia, the educated girl effected by romance French stories that she came across in some novels, tried to find a solution for her brother by convincing their mum to let her brother marry Mina. So, Nadia though that she must convince her sister first, then they can all convince their mother. Therefore, Nadia woke up in the early morning and she tried to inform her sister about Amin's love towards the new maid, Sara was shocked but she didn't reveal that to her sister, so, Sara started to wonder "how come that a very educated boy from a high social class falls in love with an illiterate poor maid!?" "our brother must be crazy" she added. Sara was convinced that her mother won't accept such marriage to happen and that she can't herself hide her fierce jealousy. She told her sister, how come that no one asked for my hand even though I'm educated and am the daughter of one of the most famous families in Fes. Whereas, a poor illiterate girl is loved by my innocent brother. so Nadia responded: "you have to know sister that love is stronger than any obstacle that may fall across the path of lovers towards creating their nest". "I guess that we have to talk together to our mother and convince her" she added. Sara was touching gently her hair and thinking, then she said: "ok, we are going to persuade our mother to let Amine marry Mina". And suddenly, their mother came in. "what's going on?" she asked. "I've overheard you mentioning your brother's name, is he ready for his trip? did he eventually got his visa? "No mum, Amine is not going to America anymore" Sara Said. Then her mother interrupted her: "why, I did my best to convince him to stay in Morocco but in vain, what's the reason for cancelling his trip?". "because he wants to marry the new maid he complimented that day" Sara said sarcastically. "what !? marrying the poor dirty servant, no way" "are you serious?" Amal asked her daughter Nadia. Yes, mum, I think that we have to support him and as far as I'm concerned, you have to get rid of the habit of scorning other people because of their social situations, money is not the criteria to judge people mum." "no honey, deploring the poor people is not out of the blue, I had bad experiences with such savage people, and they always think about taking our money and what we have worked for and for long years" her mother responded confidentially. After half an hour, Amal went directly to the kitchen looking for the maid that she expects she is going to kidnap her son from her. "Mina !! collect your stuff and go back to your village" she shouted forcefully, Mina was shocked and stopped washing some dishes. "why Madam?" she asked. "because you want to take my son away from me" she answered, "I will take you with my car to the bus station and help you take the bus to your village, you are going to meet a husband that belongs to the social class you belong to, and who will truly love you" she added. "but I love your son Madam, I truly love Amine from the bottom of my heart, and not because of money, it's because of honest emotions I carry in my heart towards him" she said with a trembling voice. Amal could not support watching Mina and she hit her on the face. Consequently, Amal started crying. "what do you know about love? nothing, all what you care about is lifting you up from your misery" she said shouting. "What's going on mum?" Amine interrupted his mother, "I don't know why do you hate poor people, and all what you care about is money and social status. You have to know that money is not the most precious thing in life, belonging to rich and high social class is not the criteria to measure one's goodness, I believe that the most important thing for me and for the majority of people on this planet, is being a good person who treats people very well, a person with a loving heart, the one must be kind and nice towards others, and we shouldn't judge them based on their social status. So, this is my philosophy in life, and that's why I deeply love Mina and I won't be able to live without her. Therefore, I will marry her and if you don't like her, we will move together to the USA and never come back. Amal was afraid from losing the only son she had, she started to surrender after she had noticed that her son loved Mina vehemently and he insists on marrying her and hence she agreed on their marriage one month after the strongest conversation ever with her son. "I agree that you marry her provided that you teach her how to behave as a sophisticated and elegant woman in front of my friends" she declared. Amal was scared from losing her son, she was not convinced that Mina and her son or Mina and her daughters were equal because they were not raised in the same environment. Mina was happy and she succeeded to join the family, she lives with her husband Amine along with her father and mother in law. Amin's father loved her as his real daughter, and Mina was glad to break the ice between her and Sara because she didn't accept her at the very beginning. However, Mina is still struggling to show Amal that she's a person who deserves respect, so she tried to get closer to her and she regularly attended evening classes in order to overcome her illiteracy. however, all attempts at conciliation failed and the dispute continued. One year after the marriage, Amal lost her consciousness while practising aerobics in the club. All the family members were called up to tell them that Amal is being hospitalised and she is in a dangerous situation, hence all the family members gathered at the hospital, the doctors and nurses are everywhere with their white aprons like angels, and once Amal woke up, she found herself surrounded by her family members along with a nurse and a doctor. She didn't like the smell of hospital though because it reminds her of her mother's death; her mother died at the same hospital and she can't never forget that smell of death. Also, she was shocked of what the doctor had told her, he had informed her that her kidney is deteriorated and she is in need of a kidney transplantation. Consequently, the whole family was shocked including Mina, her daughters started crying and blaming themselves because they weren't with her at the time their mother lost her consciousness. Moreover, their father was angry and could not support the bad news. More than that, he didn't know how to find a kidney donor for Amal, but they must all undergo a medical analysis. The whole family members expressed their desire to donate one kidney to Amal in order to help her to survive. Nevertheless, the doctors asked them to wait first for the results of medical analysis because only the analysis will determine the appropriate donor. So, all the family members were ready for the operation, but what fascinated all the family members, is that Mina expressed her will to provide help and donate her kidney to Amal. Nadia started crying "she has always hated you and she expressed her hatred towards you many times. How come that you want to help my severe mother? I know that she has been harsh towards you the whole year you spent with us". But Mina responded: "she is my mother in law, I consider her as a real mother to me even if she doesn't like me, I understand her fears to lose her son's love. So, I will donate my kidney if you don't mind." Sara did not believe what Mina was saying, she whispered to her father "she is a liar, and I don't think she will donate her kidney, she said this because she knows that the medical analysis will reject her because she doesn't belong to the family and she is not even one of our relatives", my daughter, please, put your trust in God and try to always think positively about other people. Don't behave like your mother". One week later, the whole family members came together trying to discover who is going to be the kidney donor and who is going to save Amal's life. They came into the hospital, sitting on a couch silently. "could you tell me sir about the analysis results?" Amine asked the doctor. I am sorry to have to say this, but your mother is still struggling to survive and we need a kidney donor promptly, all your family members are rejected to play that role except one fortunately, it is the one that doesn't belong to your family, it is your wife Mr Amine. You have to talk to your wife and get ready for the operation tomorrow morning. however, she must fill in these administrative papers and sign them. Amine himself was not expecting that his wife Mina still has the desire to donate her kidney to a woman who hated her. "are you sure that you want to donate your kidney to my mother Mina?" "Yes, I am sure and I am ready for the operation, give me those administrative papers please, I want to sign them. Amal is my mother also, and even if she hates me, we have something common between us all; it is humanity". tears started to fill in Amine's eyes and he didn't believe what his wife was saying, he didn't know how to thank her. What's more, the whole family gathered around her thanking her, and suddenly, Sara took Mina's hands warmly, and she told her: "please forgive my mean behaviour because I always held you in contempt the whole year you spent with us, please forgive my mum's behaviour toward you, we were always looking at the material side and the poor environment you came from, but we forgot that you have a human side that we miss ourselves even though we have millions. "don't worry Sara, you are my sister in law, and I always loved you and I knew you would discover my truth later or sooner". The following day, the operation took place at the same hospital and luckily the operation has succeeded. Amine, Sara, Nadia and their father were looking at their mother and at Mina lying on two beds closed together through a glass wall, they were waiting for them to wake up. Unfortunately, only one of them woke up. "Amal survived, but Mina the kidney donor, lost her life because of an internal bleeding called medically "internal haemorrhage" and unfortunately we could not control the high rate of bleeding" said the doctor. The whole family was shocked, no one of them could believe what the doctor was saying, and. Also, Amine could not accept the truth, "she is going to wake up, I am sure, she had promised me that she won't never leave me…." Amine said crying bitterly. "please doctor, please tell me that she is going to wake up, please…." The doctor said: "we belong to Allah and to him we shall return my son, this is life. We did our best to save Mina's life in addition to your mother, unfortunately, your wife didn't tell us that she was suffering from blood high pressure" that's why we could not save your wife's life". One month has passed after the death of Mina; one month had passed without the angle Mina at home. Amal restored her wellness and she partly recovered. However, she could not stop crying all the day long, whenever she comes across the pictures of Mina or her son, she starts to cry. Amal feels very sorry for all what she has done to Mina and all the harsh words she told her. What's more, she couldn't believe that the person she hated for no reason, saved her life and she lives with a part of her body now. "I'm alive because of a part of a poor person, but I'm still alive." She said crying. "I am alive thanks to a person I wrongly believed that she was inferior to us because of her poverty. I am alive thanks to a Human, thanks to an angel who knocked our door offering his life to me. I am alive because of a human, and what hurts me more than anything else, is that I didn't have a chance to apologise for the wrong a I had done to her, and thank her for what she did to me". Two month later, Amine, the depressed and grieved husband could not support remembering his dead wife, he can't live anymore in Morocco because he constantly remembers Mina and consequently can't control his emotions. So, he decided to go to the USA and carry on his studies there, and build a new life. Amine went to the USA but he still can't forget his beloved wife Mina, he tried to get involved in many relationships with some of his classmates. But in vain, because he is still haunted by Mina's love. The majority of students were talking about him, and they always described him as the "mysterious immigrant", "He is suffering from a psychological problem I think" said his classmate Jennifer to Sal. "he rarely talks with girls though he's an attractive handsome boy" she added. They didn't understand that he was married and he lost the most precious person in his life. So, he tried to live his life as an American citizen and ignore all the gossip about him. Two months later, Amine has met a girl at university. She had black straight hair and black big eyes in addition to her beautiful shape. He loved the way she talks humbly, he stopped and was shocked, he suddenly remembered someone "Wow, she looks like Mina, she looks like the woman I loved" he tried to talk to her. "what's you name?" he asked. "my name is Hind" she answered." "Where are you from?" he asked her with surprise, "I'm from Morocco" but I was raised here in the USA." I was adopted by a Moroccan family who emigrated to America when I was still two years old. Amine was fascinated by the physical similarity between Hind and his dead wife Mina. Also, He insisted on talking to her family, the parents who have adopted her. she asked him why? he told her, "I just want to meet a Moroccan family here, I feel isolated and alone. I need someone to talk to". "ok, consider yourself invited tomorrow afternoon, my parents who adopted me don't be working on Saturday afternoon, so you are very welcome to have a cup of tea with us". She said happily drawing a smile on her innocent face. "thank you so much Hind. On Saturday afternoon, Amine didn't forget his date with Hind along with her family, he went to their small apartment and shared many information about him. The Moroccan parents were anxious about hearing some news about morocco. Jilali and his very old wife Hayat wanted to know about the changes that occurred in Morocco since they had left it 22 years ago. They asked him about his history, so he told them about everything and about his love to Mina and her tragic death. He showed them her picture and the parents immediately were shocked and could not ignore that she is similar to their adopted girl. "what's her surname?" asked Hayat. "Her surname is Hilali, and she used to live in a village called Kalaa in Morocco. "it is the village exactly from which we adopted our daughter. I guess that you married Hind's sister, because she had a twin when we adopted her because her poor family couldn't afford for both of them and their education. What's more, because their father didn't have a stable job. I really can't forget their help to us when they enabled us to have an adopted daughter because I was sterile. Amine went back to his house thinking about that strange coincidence, Mina never told me that she had a sister. So, Amine stood up, got dressed, and opened the door hastily and went to university, "Hind must be today at university", he called her and insisted on meeting her. Once he met her, he asked her, "is there a man in your life?" "NO" she answered. And he responded "please marry me, I think that you parents told you about my story and about your sister, what's more, I was looking for a wife that fits me, a Moroccan wife, because I wouldn't integrate in the American society and I couldn't have the ability to get a girlfriend here who might socialise me or at least to have a friend with whom I can talk and exchange recollections and good and bad memories" . and hind answered "you have to know that even I physically look like your beloved Mina, even if she is my sister and we share the same biological parents, we don't have any other common denominator, we don't have the same concepts, ideas and emotions. I think that you didn't love me, "I believe that you loved Mina in me. All what you need Amine is someone to remind you of your dead beloved wife" and she added while Amine was crying: "please, don't think about me anymore, and never ask me for marriage. Go and carry on you studies and try to forget your wife, she is resting in peace now, and try to live in peace as well" jamal ait yahia

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