Whenever my ‘birthday’ pops up each year I seem to remember the mercy of Allah (Swt) in guiding me to Islam. Before I became a Muslim, we used to celebrate birthdays – there would be cake, presents etc. Obviously since embracing Islam, I no longer celebrate birthdays. I seem to remember death a lot more on my birth day. A year older. What have I done since the previous year? What have I achieved? Where am I heading? Time really does fly by doesn’t it.
Anyway, I saw this on another home edding mother’s blog who shares the same birth day as me and I thought I would tell you ten things about me that you don’t know (lol). Right, here goes (in no random order):
1. There was a rumour in my family that we were related to Al Pacino (Hollywood movie star). When I was about 10 years old, my mother wrote to his fan club with a diagram of the family tree from Sicily. She didn’t hear anything for at least a year. And then one day, the phone rang and I picked up. There was an American voice on the other line. He asked to speak to ‘Giuseppina’ which is my mother’s Italian name. No one ever calls her that except her family – everyone knows her as Jossy. I asked who it was and he said Mr Pacino. I screamed and passed the phone to my Mum. It wasn’t Mr Al Pacino himself but it was his father who was calling to say that the letter had been passed on to him and that they followed it up and yes it was true. Basically, my grandmother (my mother’s mum) is first cousins with Al Pacino’s dad. Initially we thought maybe it was someone at the fan club playing with us. But his father wrote a letter confirming everything including details that only a family member would know which my mother than framed! Before Islam, I used to go around telling a lot of people this but now it doesn’t seem to have the same ‘glitz and glamour’ lol. But thought I’d tell you something you didn’t know.
2. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a lawyer, and then a writer and then a teacher.
3. When I was 13, I cycled on the motorway from a small village in France to the main city centre on my own without my uncle’s knowledge! I had to hitchhike back because I got lost! Couldn’t understand why cars were beeping me along the three hour journey!
4. My grandfather on my Nigerian side (my Dad’s dad) was a Muslim and completed his hajj mashaAllah. He had three wives and when he died (before I was born) the whole family became Christian. Audhu billah! SubhanaAllah, Allah guided me – his granddaughter to Islam even though the whole family apostated.
5. I love stationery and would love to open my own stationery shop one day.
6. When I was a baby, we were visiting family friends. One of the children put me onto the top part of a bunk bed. I fell off and bust my lip which is why I have a scar on my lip incase anyone who has seen me was wondering!
7. I don’t think I will ever get over my love for chocolate and sweets (the big kid that I am)!
8. I promised myself never to marry an Algerian (lol). Why? Because I had a few Algerian friends before Islam and ‘knew what they were like’. Of course they were not practising. But when I had a marriage meeting with my husband…well here we are 3 kids later!
9. I would love to become a midwife one day.
10. I am not a lover of animals. In fact most animals scare me. I’ve been like this since a child. The only animal which I came to love was our dear beloved Sulhafaat (Algerian tortoise) who (for those who have been following the blog) died around a year ago.
And thats the end of the weird and wonderful things about me! lol