Living Behind the Veil

I'm often asked what I wear in Afghanistan and what it's like to wear a veil. It's freedom. Freedom to have a bad hair day, freedom to arrange my chadar to conceal the curve of my breasts and backside, freedom to not be an expatriate for a little while. It means freedom to hide even on the street from the Afghan men's eyes which seem to strip me naked.
When I relax my shoulders and walk less purposefully, less confidently, my eyes downcast and covered by sunglasses, I pass for an Afghan woman. I hear the men whisper in Dari, "Is she a foreigner or local woman?" I chuckle but am silent. On the street, I'm also a free target....freely exposed to groping, sexual innuendos whispered to me as a man bicycles by, free to have stones thrown at me, freely seen as no one's wife, daughter, sister, mother, friend, or boss. I step inside my gate, and remove my chapan and chadar. Now I'm someone's boss, motherhood returns to me as little steps run to greet me, and I receive a kiss from my adoring husband. Now I'm free to his loving and gentle eyes which know and enjoy my curves, free to once again be under the protective umbrella of being a wife, mother, friend, colleague, boss, niece, sister, daughter, woman.

Monday, January 30, 2023

Henna Mary's Story


Mary's story in henna art is a delicate tracing of flowers and circles demonstrating the mystery of the Holy Spirit's work, resulting in Jesus' birth. The pathway back to God is visible in 5 circle designs. 

The design includes Mary, Joseph, the Wiseman, two Shepherd's staffs, and points of the star. 

Check out my video applying henna art of Mary's story to my friend! 

Mary's Story Design PDF

Henna Art Intro and Getting Started

Full PDF Instructions with Video Links

Henna Romans 6:23

Henna Every Woman's Story