I don’t show Emotions very often.
I don’t profess my undying love for people, constantly tell someone how much I love, miss or hate them. It’s just not who I am. I don’t feel the need to say thank you 500 hundred times, or apologize or state how excited, happy, ecstatic, or exhilarated, I am more than once.
It’s even hard for me to say I miss you, except to close family and friends who I care a lot about.
I don’t think it’s a problem, but apparently if I am going to live in Jordan I have to start showing and accepting all these emotions 10 times over.
I don’t want you to profess your undying love for me, or tell me how much you miss me or how beautiful I am or how wonderful I look or how much weight I lost. Thanks, but I know you don’t really care, or miss or think I’m beautiful and look wonderful and no, I didn’t lose weight.
I understand that it is part of the culture, and this is the way Arabs are. I was honestly shocked the first time said to me “Mishta'” – Basically means “I miss you” My reaction was to laugh…How could you miss me? I have only known you for a day!!! What is this insanity!
Culture shock is an understatement, but I’m used to it. Kinda like the first time someone winked at me in the US…I was seriously creeped out! Why would you wink at me? Who are you!?!?
I’m straight forward, if I miss you…you will know. If I want you to know something, I will tell you…but please don’t ask me to be someone I’m not.
Why would you want to be someone you aren’t?