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Jun 6, 2010
On Thursday morning, I got my children all dressed up, and my husband and I decided to go to the mall to do a bit of retail therapy. We chose Faisalya Mall, as there are some shops there that I needed. After walking around a bit we ended up at the Harvey Nichols Cafeteria. We were seated, and I was kinda happy to be somewhere where smoking wasn't permitted. (the mall is a no-smoking mall). Anyway when we were seated, I started to smell that all too familiar cigarette smoke. I got annoyed and asked the waiter why someone would be smoking here. He told me he really couldn't stop people. I replied that it was in fact his job, and that I would love to be the one to stop people to stop smoking if needed. Anyway, my husband gave me his look; the look that says just ignore it, and let us eat without incident. I shut my mouth. Then I started hearing some music being played, I didn't mind, it was kinda nice to have it. I looked towards the source of the music, and I see these three ladies (They were in their late 20's) playing music, and smoking, and just acting like children (You will find that many lades here don't act their age- some often remind me of my annoying teenage years). I stared at them, and loudly told the waiter that he need do his job and ensure that people do not smoke in the restaurant, as I have 2 babies here with me, and as non-smokers we had the rights to be somewhere without that poison. They didn't even bat an eye, and I was 300% sure they heard me. I asked the waiter to move us to another table, and once there, it was out of site out of mind. Anyway let me give you a quick description of these ladies, they were sitting there not covering their hair (I don't judge that, as I myself usually remove my head covering as well), they were all made up... actually let me skip this part, as it really isn't too important. One at a time the ladies got up (5 minutes after one another), and sashayed there way to the washroom (the whole hip swinging left to right, MAJORLY fake walk). They were in there for a while, and my husband starts laughng and asks me if there is an exit through the washroom, and replied.. Nope. Anyway he paid the bill, and ran to the lower floor to pick up some perfumes he wanted. I took my time and let my daughter finished. And all of a sudden 3 girls come out of the washroom, only this time they were fully covered. Two of them had their eyes showing, where the other had her entire face showing. If I saw them outside I would have never guessed they were teh same girls that were all done up, with their hair all done, smoking and listening to music. They looked like typical Saudi girls clad in their 3bayas. And at the point it hit me, these girls have to have 2 personalities. One for their families, and one which is more attune to who they really are. I am so happy my parents allowed me to be me, and always encouraged me to be me. It must be terribly hard and at times all too time consuming switching between personalities. But I guess in this society its all too normal, as this is what they have been seeing all their lives.