I really feel pretty lousy right now!
I wrote an article for a site talking about how we can upgrade systems to cater to unemployment. A debate started. Some people thought I am just dreaming that life could be better for expatriates living here. Now, I believe , life is already great for expatriates. The only issues are the usual iqama and visas and the general rights. I went to say that these things affect investment in KSA and that affects unemployment negatively. Unemployment for Saudis that is. Makes perfect sense to me. Things I know for facts.
One particular reader started pointing out all the negatives of KSA! I responded and it went on for a while until he said something that just made me stop. It brought back all those moments with my dad. Moments where we have talked about life and we still do. And, we will inshallah when he comes back soon.
All the while I assumed that this person is just some new expatriate expressing anger as most do. He is not. He is someone who has spent a lifetime here. He has seen the good and the bad. He said what my father says. What any man would say when he serves a country all his life and gets no gratitude in the form of respect and honor in his old age. When after meeting rulers and doing more than any local would, he remains just an iqama number! I have no words to apologize to this man! If only I knew who he is. I would not have dared to talk back to a senior.
KSA, I hope you start to honor the people who came and built you 50 years ago. I hope you do. Do you blame them for resenting you now ? I don’t.
The man truly humbled me as does my father.