Mashallah

Albanian Grandmother

This woman worked every single day for the two years I lived in Albania. She sold fruits and vegetables to me religiously and always did so with a kind smile and an encouraging word. These words I often did not understand, but one word she repeated over and over again; Mashallah, Mashallah. Originally a Turkish word, meaning “God has willed” or “as God willing”. It expressed appreciation, joy and thankfulness for a person.

Living in Albania taught me a million lessons, but the biggest one is that in every country, religion and culture there are good, loving, joyful people.

Mashallah to you!

 

Perspective

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While living in Albania I was able to paint and draw some scenes that were considered mundane and not interesting. While sitting on this street corner I was passed by around twenty pedestrians that wondered why I was painting such a boring scenery. A car stopped to ask me what I was doing. From my perspective this tangled mess of wires was beautiful, electrifying and very different from my American upbringing. Moving around the world has let me see beautiful things that others might just pass by.