"Got Well" Gifts

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 I never understood why, but in the Arab tradition instead of friends sending "Get Well Soon" flowers to someone who has a family crisis, the individual with the family emergency must instead serve friends and family sweets upon the resolution of the situation.

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My coworkers had been teasing me for some time about how I had so many life events that I didn't pass out sweets for.  Last year, when my father had his first stroke and there was such a warm overpouring of support from everyone at my school--from students to the superintendent and all in between, I decided that I needed to do more than say thank you.

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It's custom here to purchase expensive chocolates or traditional Arabic desserts for those you are commemorating with, but I felt like that would be a bit hypocritical with my family history of diabetes and my position (at the time) as Science Coordinator for the American Diploma Program at our school.

Instead, I purchased traditional nuts from my favorite place in Riyadh, called al-Rifai (named after the family which owns it) and packaged them in colorful cupcake wax and then wrapped them in happy yellow crepe paper with colored ribbon and a thank you note.

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Everyone loved them and I ran out super quickly!  I wish I had more time to do this kind of thing more often, but I hope future gifting will be for positive occasions instead of crisis.

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