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.

in-the-point (poems and essays)

Formulating reading and designing of learning maps

formulating reading
Reading texts is one of the most joyful skills of humans. The pleasure and engagement that one has on reading a text depend on some factors, among which are the interest in the topic, the fineness of the language, the accepted logic and the style of the writer. The more the reader is aware of such factors the greater his/her joy or inconvenience is. In this respect plays reading of well written texts an important role in fulfilling this high humanistic skill and establishing a good industry of writing.

Written texts, even those of pure scientific purpose, contain much superfluous words and phrases that are put inevitably by the writer to confer a sort of subjectivity to the text like a fingerprint. Accordingly, reducing the size of the text would be sometimes necessary and courageous task to save much time in picking pearls of knowledge from the terribly tangled jungles of talented and attractive writers, even if sometimes this text reduction be on the expense of the magnificent writing style.

Formulating reading and designing of learning maps are the concern of not only students who have to go through hundreds or thousands of papers to pass a graduation exam or to present a seminar, but also everybody who would communicate with written texts and who wishes to adapt to a typical literate society and culture.