We Four in Egypt

Now back in the US!

Back in Cairo

We’re back from a fantastic vacation. I left off blogging right before our trip to St. Catherine’s Monastery, which was great. The church itself is awe-inspiring, really old and dramatic and lovely. And on a hot day, the mountains were a nice cool break from the beach. Though of course we dove into the pool about two minutes after getting back to our hotel.

I’ll blog more about our trip once I get the photos loaded (which will probably take forever, as always; it’s not the downloading but the organizing and uploading which kills me). But the rest of the week also included lots of snorkeling with some colorful fish along with some pool side adventures. The kids ended up playing with some new friends from the UK, Germany, and France (including the kids of someone prominent enough to have a Wikipedia entry, which of course I didn’t know but only suspected until I got home and googled him).

Today is Easter here in Egypt, for Coptic Christians. It’s also Easter for Ethiopian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox Christians. So Happy Easter to you easterners.

Tomorrow, Monday, is Shem El Nessim, the Egyptian spring celebration. I’ll learn more about it and then pass along my wisdom to you. But it does mean I have tomorrow off, so I’ll go to the kennel and retrieve the pup, who, as the boys have been saying, has been on vacation with other dogs (okay, that’s what I told them). I hope he hasn’t been too traumatized by it all.

On Tuesday, Mr. Four starts his new job!

And since Thursday is the Egyptian Labor Day, I only have two days of work this week. Not bad for the first week back after a vacation.

We did get some sad news tonight: our old cat, the Jekyll/Hyde kitty, who has been living with my mom since last summer, died yesterday. By all accounts, she had become mostly a Hyde kitty and had left her biting, grouchy ways behind, and my mom, previously an avowed cat-disliker, really fell for her. My poor mom–over the past few years, she’s taken in three pets from my sister and me and overseen the death of two (who were old; my mom is not a pet serial killer).

A year ago Mr. Four and I had had five pets, three dogs and two cats. Both cats and one dog died from July to yesterday. They were all old and sick, but still.

The other two dogs are with other folks now (including one with my mom) and seemingly in good health for now.

We’ve also managed to lose a cat (and I don’t mean through death) here in Egypt. Maybe we’re bad news for animals.

Anyway, I’m not sure if I’ll even tell the boys about the Jekyll/Hyde kitty. Of course they both know her and remember her well. But Bug in particular has been extra attentive to death issues lately. When we went to St. Catherine’s, Giggle and Bug expressed an interest in playing with Moses (probably because I described him as an original super hero). We said they couldn’t play with Moses (or “Noses,” according to Bug), because he wasn’t there, he died a long time ago. So all day we heard “Noses died.” This is the same as happened after Iggy the cat died here in Egypt. And the same with after the Hound died last summer. Any advice on this one, folks?

Meantime, I have apparently resumed my night owl ways now that I’m back in Cairo. More soon, I promise. Now I need to go to bed and sleep off this vacation.


27 April 2008 - Posted by | bug, family, fun, giggle, holidays, iggy the cat, our life in egypt, pets, tourism


  1. Hee hee, at least the boys aren’t walking around talking about “momma killed X” like M is! Yesterday I heard, “Momma killed the bee”, “Where snake? Momma killed the snake!”, then “Mee-um killed the bee on my slide!” Yeah, we’re all about killing things here!

    Comment by Dani | 27 April 2008

  2. I can’t wait to see those pictures!

    The boys had a “grandpa died” period last summer. They kept asking about how grandpa died and why and what everyone did and what did he look like and then what happened and walked around saying exactly that “grandpa died”. My advice is: be careful with what you tell them, because everything you say will be repeated back to you, your friends, family and complete strangers over and over again!

    Comment by jenni | 28 April 2008

  3. We had a period where Lyra was very curious about death. We have a friend who lost her sister in a sledding accident nearly 30 years ago. For some reason, Lyra caught onto that story and would keep saying things like, “I’m sad because Janet’s sister died.” Finally, I had to tell her to give it up. I mean she would not let it go! I’d be in the car with her and she’d start wiping tears away because she thought of Janet’s sister. I think that it’s ok the tell the kids that the cat died. Even if they obsess about it for a little while, it such a big part of learning about the cycle of life.

    Comment by Julie | 28 April 2008

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