in-the-point (poems and essays)

The magnificent triangle

the magnificient triangle

The parent-kid relationship is sometimes understood in a few occasions that repeatedly gather the two sides in the flow of ordinary life rapidity. In our case I chose the morning occasion when the parent gives the daily pocket money to the kids as they leave home for school. The amount of pocket money varies up and down with the basic needs for each kid and of course with the age and school grade. In our districts in that time, many families used to buy French bread, so-called loaves (fino-bread in Egyptian dialect), for their school sandwiches in the evening for the next day morning. Those loaves were evenly distributed among the kids to be taken in the school bag. As a modest and practical sandwich filling we bought cooked spread cheese (we call it nesto cheese) for a net of 3 piasters from the grocery near to school. The grocery was quite busy every morning with customers who could choose from a plenty of choices of different kinds of cheese and cooked meat such as “luncheon” and “pastirma” – pastirma is known for its garlic flavour and smoked meat consistency. These different school sandwiches reflected the economic and social level of the different families. As a young boy I was so excited and impressed by my father giving me 3 ‘whole’ piasters and then three and half and by the variety of sandwiches that the other people could have at the grocery in the morning. My pocket money and the cheese triangle symbolised my understanding of parenthood, responsibility and care. I did not feel dissatisfied because I get the same sandwich everyday while other kids get more expensive and diverse ones. On the contrary, I was full of contentedness and joy to be looked after and engaged in my family as good as my parents’ conditions could maintain.

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