I am originally from Peru, a beautiful country in South America. Over a year ago I came to the United States with my mom and even though at the beginning everything was complicated, every day I convince myself that United States is a country of opportunities were there are no limits if you really want to achieve your dreams.
I have already met some of you, but I look forward to know all of you and become a good friend. By the way, I am part of the 2012 Homecoming Court and I will really appreciate if you could vote for me :)
"Most of the time, I don't even notice it. It's annoying, but so is wearing pantyhose to work. It ruins my hair, but so does the humidity in Florida, where I live. For many women, the veil is neither a symbol nor a statement. it's simply what they wear, as their mothers did before them. Something to dry your face with after your ablutions before prayer. A place for toddler to hide when he's feeling shy. Even for a woman like me, who wears it with a hint of rebellion, hijab is just not that big of a deal. Except when it is.
I liked this fragment because I have heard similar statements by Somali friends who have the same religion as the writer. I've always tried to understand why they behave in such a "different" way and finally I realized that for them is normal, is what their mothers and the mothers of their mothers used.
Its their culture, something to respect and understand.