happy birthday to our son! may u continue to shine and be loved, always, and may the world be a better, kinder place for ur generation. ameen. love u.
spent saturday with our beautiful daughter who got me the most incredibly delicious pastries from bibble & sip for mother’s day! she knows me well.
at laguardia after some 20 odd years. this is NOT the same airport.
central park with the kids today. everything is in bloom. so beautiful.
centralpark #centralparknyc #springincentralpark #springisfinallyhere #beautyoverload
got my second dose of the pfizer vaccine at jones beach today. not a bad place to get shots:) huge parking lots, large makeshift tents, the national guard guiding traffic and making everything go smoothly, nurses giving people shots inside their cars (u never step out of ur vehicle), people looking out for u while u wait 15 min to make sure u don’t have a reaction, and then u drive away. they have the capacity to vaccinate 5000 people per day. and then there’s the atlantic ocean. grateful.
happy birthday to my beautiful mom! from u i got my love of stories and language, the permission to dream big, and the need to connect with people across borders and cultures. love u ammi <3
caleb smith state park in long island. snow and sun. stunning.
calebsmithstatepark #smithtown #longisland #natureisbeautiful #wintersun
babysitting for my son and loving this beautiful child:)
#alaskankleekai #dogsarefamily #dogsarethebest #lovepuppies
it’s our anniversary. we’ve lived longer with each other than without. pretty incredible:)
i had been feeling blue for a while. it’s hard to be homebound and work on one’s computer all day, every day. so today, i turned on the music, loud, on my wonderboom, and cleaned the whole apartment. there is something deeply satisfying about being in motion and scrubbing. isn’t cleanliness next to godliness:)
then i put on my snow boots and drove to #lakeronkonkoma. i had no idea if it would be walkabale or not, with all the snow on the ground. lake #ronkonkoma is about 10 min from where we live. it’s the largest and deepest lake in #longisland – 92 feet at its deepest. the indigenous people of this land considered it a bottomless lake, so sacred that they wouldn’t fish in its waters. but they did perform wonderful ceremonies all around it.
i have always, since day one, felt a deep connection to lake ronkonkoma. there is something unreal about the blue of its waters and the translucent light and sky above them.
the lake was particularly moving this afternoon. the sky striated with shades of blue, grey, light-filled yellow and gentle purple hues. something delicate and liquid. the lake covered with ice. still, white, expansive. i walked in the snow and learned to keep my balance, held by the enchanting beauty around me. my eyes rejoiced.
in urdu, there is this expression ‘aankhoon ki thandak’ – the coolness of one’s eyes. those we love give us pleasure, when our eyes behold them, they provide cool relief to tired eyes. i kept thinking of this expression. my eyes too felt relaxed, not just because of the cold weather but because of the serenity the lake offered so generously.
i know all our situations are different, but if u can, go outside, walk in the snow and feel connected to the world.
cannot believe i have found family here in long island! my mom’s older cousin’s granddaughter. thank u maryam for connecting me to mahrukh <3
a year ago, with the beautiful kit miller and pamela kim <3
loulou yesterday during our visit to nyc. she’s frisky, friendly, and a complete snugglebug. a small baby that sleeps a lot. she will nuzzle up against u and doze off every few minutes. the most beautiful thing.
puppiesarethebest #alaskankleekai #minihusky #nycdog #lovedogs
our first grandchild! my son’s puppy loulou is here. an absolute beauty <3
in lahore, many years ago, with my mom and brother. before or after attending a wedding it looks like:)