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“Come Back Soon; I Have So Many Questions!”

We wanted our house guests to experience a truly Southern experience, so we took them to Sonny’s BBQ. It doesn’t get much more down-home than Sonny’s. We saw one of my friends from water aerobics, we saw another friend from church and our son’s boss, all sitting nearby.

We all ordered barbecued smoked chicken, and the 10 year old ordered french fries and french fries for his two “sides.” He got frustrated with the knife and fork – it does slow down eating chicken – so he pretty much stuck to the french fries. As my friend from water aerobics left, she came over and hugged AdventureMan, and kept her hand on his shoulder as she met our guests.

To make it all even more bizarre (I am trying to imagine this from the Saudi point of view), we have the car seats for our grandchildren in AdventureMan’s car, so we used my car to drive to the restaurant. I drove.

It was a lot for them to absorb.

As we were leaving, our favorite waitress caught my arm and said “Come back soon! I have so many questions!”

June 15, 2015 - Posted by | Adventure, Civility, Cross Cultural, Cultural, Customer Service, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Food, Interconnected, Local Lore, Restaurant, Saudi Arabia, Travel


  1. Who did you invite this time , was it your ex student Khaled who became a Muttawa later ??

    Comment by daggero | June 18, 2015 | Reply

    • This was another friend, and his 10 year old son. I still think of Khaled – he didn’t become a muttawa, he was already a muttawa. He was also a very fine student, very responsible, and he had a great sense of humor. A memorable student. I hope he is having a great life and a fulfilling Ramadan. And you, my friend, I wish you and all your family all God’s goodness and blessings in this holy season.

      Comment by intlxpatr | June 18, 2015 | Reply

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