I am the cheese to your macaroni

21 Feb

I am the milk to your cookies … I am the cheese to your macaroni … I am el zeit to your zatar … I am el laban to your mansaf.

It sounds like something Jesus might say, “I am light for your darkness, forgiveness for your sins, hope for your despair.”

Actually, it is written by my Palestinian friend, Ranim. She spends her family time in Beit Jala (Bethlehem) in the West Bank of Palestine and her school time in the neighboring country of Jordan. Ranim and her American-Jordanian friend were taking a break from their study of medicine and were relaxing by thinking of things that just belong together or are always found together or complete each other like …

milk and cookies

macaroni and cheese

zeit (olive oil) and zatar (thyme)

mansaf (lamb, rice and pine nuts) and laban (yogurt)

— and like justice and peace!

One Response to “I am the cheese to your macaroni”

  1. Carol Fahrnbach February 21, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    I can almost hear our lovely friend saying this! She has such insight and is a beautiful young lady!

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