Yesterday was Emancipation Day in Barbados. One of my sisters’ groups (that of Tea & Taqwa) organised a day out at the Perfect 10 beach house in Cattlewash on the East Coast of Barbados. Beach house in this instance was a quirky ground floor apartment filled with eye pleasing treasures (2 shown in the pix) on the opposite side of the coast road (many many steps up).
It was one of those soporific days, just overcast enough to not be stifling, and with enough zephyrs (that’s still not the right use of that word), to be a beautiful day out.
Sisters of all sizes, shapes, ages, hair styles and dresses assembled for a very relaxing outing with lots of food, some icebreakers that let us each learn something about each other, a talk on sisterhood in Islam, interjections on time management, invitation accepting, anger management, and community.
Hadhrat Abdullah ibn Masood (radiallahu anhu) says that the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:
“Accept the invitation of he who invites you. Avoid declining a gift and refrain from annoying the Muslims.” [Muslim]
Amongst us were the progeny of various nations, a football coach, a makeup afficionado, a budding writer, a therapist, a baker/crafter mum, a du’a baby, a school secretary, several pursuers of knowledge in several avenues, soon to be mums. It was interesting how we defined ourselves by our ages, and our children. But also interesting to hear what we knew of our seatmates.
PS: Menu – veg rice, macaroni pie, plaintain, baked potatoes, garlic bread, pasta salad, potato salad, baked chicken, tossed salad, cole slaw. Mangoes, mango bars, cakes, brownies, and cookies.
In my veg rice were a mishmash of cuban rice & spanish rice- black beans, corn & sweet peppers, mushrooms, coriander, capers, tomatoes in tomato paste, cumin, garlic, onion, rice!