Two weeks ago, we had to hire a plumber to fix our sink. He came and fixed it in 30 minutes and we payed him around 100 swiss francs (almost $100). One week later, we were out at a bar and i saw that same plumber with a woman, enjoying the music and having a drink... We talked for about 5 minutes. He introduced his fiancée and said that they are going to get married next month. They had just come back from a family dinner. This girl happened to be my colleague's friend. She recently got a doctorate in anthropology.
I got home that same night, and I was still thinking of this couple.
Can you imagine the same couple in Lebanon? Haha! "Ya benté, t3ebna 3layké, dafa3na damm albna, ta tetjawazei sangarei?"
"My child, we suffered to raise you, we invested all our money in your education so you get the best, and you want to marry a plumber?"
How many of us have friends who are electricians (not engineers), bakers (not bankers), tailors (not stylists), carpenters (not interior designers ) ?
When I introduced my husband to my family the first time, he was still a student, and they asked me what he does. So I said: "bel jem3a", "at university" and everyone thought he was a teacher. So we played along to avoid people asking us all sorts of questions.
What's wrong with us? Why do we all want to become lawyers, doctors, and architects? What's wrong with being shoemakers, electricians, concierges or m3allem batonn "mason"?
I also have friends whose fathers are mechanics and they are ashamed of saying it. They just say: "El papi 3ando garage. Houwé ma byechteghel abadan. 3ando kam shagheel sourei w massrei ta7et ido". " My dad has a garage. He doesn't do anything. He just gives orders to a couple of Syrian and Egyptian employees".
What is to be ashamed of? This same garage payed for your clothes, your phone bills and your university tuition.
Last time i had a conversation with a Lebanese friend living here in Switzerland. She was saying that if her daughter would want to be a hairdresser, and her son a gardner, she would be ashamed to tell her family in Lebanon.
Come on, what's wrong with us?
Let's encourage the new generation to choose trades as careers. Let's encourage them by showing them that without a baker we won't have bread, without a farmer we won't have milk and cheese, and without a butcher we won't have meat... Isn't food the most important thing to us? How would be brag about a 6-course meal on a Sunday lunch? Ha?
Think about it? What's your opinion?