We regularly pass by one house where the front yard features an abundance of mint. One of us always breaks off a leaf for the lovely smell. I know MB is especially envious because he had rotten luck with growing mint in Burkina Faso, and he misses fresh mint in his tea. So when we saw the hausfrau watering her front yard, we greeted her and I complimented her on the garden. She said that her husband was planning to uproot most of mint and would we want some to take with? MB happily spent the next half hour repotting the mint plants she gave us in our tiny back patio. He lovingly checks the progress every day and under his care the mint is thriving.
We spent a good chunk of the weekend at the Smithsonian. On Saturday, we went to the Hawaii Festival at the National Museum of the American Indian. The activities featured traditional hula dancing by a local group which was great fun to watch and to participate in. When I asked one of the performers for info on classes she said that she saw me dance and thought I did a good job - so those belly-dancing classes in Morocco have paid off (sort of).
I'd already wished my mom an early happy Mother's Day when she called me from the Philippines last week, and on Sunday we joined a few friends whom we knew from Morocco for a very generous all you can eat Mother-less buffet brunch at The Levante's restaurant. Any buffet that includes limitless salmon amongst other goodies for less than $20 is the place for me. We had a long discussion about Babel which MB finally saw the previous evening. As the only Moroccan amongst four Americans (three of whom, including myself, had lived at least three years in Morocco), he felt that the movie actually showcased Morocco, while the rest of us thought it promoted a negative image. Hrmph.
I thought mint was supposed to be one of those things that would grow to take over your yard even with little care and attention. I actually used to really want my dad to plant mint so that we could have a whole lawn of it and it would smell nice when he mowed.