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Summer of 2009 - A Time of Change

By AbdurRahman - Posted on 10 August 2009

It was a notable Summer comprising many life changes:

  • My Father's Death
  • My oldest Daughter's transition from childhood to becoming a young woman
  • Changing jobs
  • Changing work location: from East Bay to Peninsula
  • Moving House

Al-Hamdulillah (Praise God), the most difficult time has passed and things are getting back into a routine. My father's suffering in this life is over. This is what I read at his funeral.

And my daughter, may God guide her and shield her from the glitter of this temporal world, is coming to terms with who she is, what her goals in life are, and the nature of becoming an adult. It's always a sad moment when she gets on the plane after spending the Summer with us and this Summer was also not easy for her as our problems became her problems.

Change from a small company to a big company wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. As a matter of fact, it's really nice to be back in place of firm infrastructure, strong financial backing, with a focus on diversity in the workplace. It has been kind of eerie, working only with suburban white people for over 2 years. Also, I like the cooler climate of the Peninsula. Contra Costa county is just too hot in the Summer. The work is better and it's nice to not have those bad vibes floating silently around the office that plagued my former workplace due to the failing economy. I really love my new job and my new co-workers. It's a great place to be.

Our new house is smaller, but $805 cheaper a month. It's within walking distance of the mosque, the Halal grocery store, and the Montessori school my boys attend. The backyard (courtyard) is bigger and more private than our former house. My wife can go there without hijab and feel comfortable outside.

As God promises us in His Book, "Every Hardship is followed by a period of Ease."

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