"Got Well" Gifts
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.
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.
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.
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.