Title

The Flight Home

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-31-2013

Abstract

Vague as it is, my first memory of Jalal dates back to late 1948. Khalo Anton and Auntie Angel and their 6 children, and Anton’s sister, the widowed Katrina Halaby, and her 5 children, resided in a house located in a Jericho Bayyara in the post 1948 Naqba (catastrophe) that was wrought on the people of Palestine. Prior to that, as narrated to me by my sister Betty and brother, Tony, we lived in Salt, Jordan. Because the two rented diaspora quarters for the two families, constituting three adults and 11 children, 5 girls and 6 boys, were too small and crammed, Khalo Anton used to take all the children for day outings. Loaded with sandwiches and refreshments Anton Halaby shepherded the young clan to Al Bateen to spend hours among the ancient ruins and to delight in mirth and quality family time.