Melanie is the host of SYW
Do you enjoy skiing or ice skating or if it’s warm where you are, hiking or enjoying outdoor sports?
No, I am not into winter sports, skating, or skiing. I used to play cricket in school and college but an injury to my knee at the age of 19, stopped any participation in games. I go for long walks but in the area, I live in. Haven’t taken the risk of falling while hiking!
Do you give to charities or homeless that you might encounter, during this time of year, more than you do otherwise?
As a family, we give to charities all through the year and especially at Eid which is our religious festival after the month of Ramadan ( Fasting month). It is mandatory for all Muslims who can afford to give a small percentage of their annual savings in charity to deserving families and people. It is called Zakat.
What is the most enjoyable activity you engage in during December? Is it a tradition for you and your family?
Since we don’t celebrate Christmas, the other good thing about December is the winter break. Just like the rest of the world, the last ten days of December are off from school and we usually would make a vacation plan to visit another city and have a nice time. It’s not exactly a tradition but a sometimes activity.
What changes will C-19 bring to your festive celebrations this year?
Like everything else, we have put all plans on hold. Waiting for things to settle down before we make any plans.
(Optional of course): Please share a goodwill wish for the world!
I do wish that people realize the gravity of this disease and take it seriously. Take all precautions that they can and stay safe at home. There will be more holidays, more occasions to celebrate. Concentrate on staying alive for now.
Thank you Melanie for these questions.