May 10, 2010 | 09:50 am

Monday – What did you do for Mother’s Day?


Yesterday was Mother’s Day in the U.S.--Happy Mother’s Day to any moms reading this. In the Arab world, Mother’s Day falls on a different day, but being Americans, we kept our tradition of taking Tena out for dinner. We went to the Shangri La, a beautiful resort on the Arabian Sea. The evening began with drinks at the Piano Lounge, which is perched on the upper level of the hotel. Above is picture of Tena and Austin watching the sunset, and the other picture shows the spectacular view we had from there. Sorry, but I couldn’t help rubbing it in a bit! We then proceeded to the Tapas restaurant where we were serenaded by Mexican music while we enjoyed a wonderful evening together.
Even though I like to think of ourselves as savvy world travelers and citizens of the world, it has been interesting to see the longstanding religious and family traditions we have kept while living abroad. There is something comforting about them that reminds us of home. Our Christmas and Easter traditions have kept us connected to the roots of our faith, and Mother and Father’s Day traditions kept us connected to our families. Like all families, we have those quirky traditions that others could easily dismiss as insignificant. But in many ways, they are what kept us grounded as we navigated new places and introduced new friends into our lives.
Random thought of the day: Jaroslav Pelikan, a noted historian and theologian, said that “tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.” It is important to hold onto those ancient traditions that breathe new life into our being, and let go of those traditions that restrict our ability to grow.