While walking to dinner earlier this week, I spotted a single pink flower nestled in a dusty bush. Just one. It was the first naturally occurring flower I have seen in Kuwait, and the most vibrant color I'd noticed in days. I was amazed.
Color has that effect on me here. The entire country is bathed in yellows, taupes and beiges, even the few trees have taken a dusty hue, breaking only for the blue-grey water that turns hot orange during sun-up. It's so much different than home, where no color is spared on the exterior of homes + buildings, on acres of grass, trees and landscaping. Different than home, where the sun turns puffy clouds into pink and blue cotton candy everyday during sunrise and sunset.
Here, against the sandy backdrop, my eye notices color keenly...appreciating each drop like it never did in the US. My eye welcomes the rainbow of laundry, hung out on my neighbor's porch. I love the Turkish rugs thrown over the side of buildings, and the nets full of green or yellow soccer balls + bobbing inflatable toy camels hanging outside the tiny store below our apartment. I adore the brightly-packaged funny candies inside the store, and the way the shop owner greets us with the most familiar hello...like we are old friends.
Even among the people, my eyes are drawn to color. Among the black burkas of the women and long, white robes of the men, my eyes manage to find traditionally-dressed Indian women in vibrant purple and orange, or the beautifully printed hijabs that pass me by.
My ears are keenly aware of honks, of chatting voices...of every beautiful call to prayer. And every night I smell an incredible curry that wafts from the building next to ours.
There is color and beauty to be found wherever you go, I suppose.
Even in the sandy dessert. It might be a different style of beauty than you're used to.
But you just have to look.
P.S. Thanks so much for all your excited comments about our kittens! We feel hopeful about their future, after finding two wonderful Kuwaiti shelters + organizations--K's Path and PAWS. Because the kittens have begun nursing again and mama cat isn't adoptable...she's quite aggressive...we plan for the kittens to stay where they're at with mama for a bit longer. They're in a very safe, shaded, low-traffic area. But when ready, we'll take the kittens to the shelter for adoption...maybe sans one for us....and leave mama in the wild where we found her.
Obviously she'll always be well-fed by us.:)