I haven't written for over a week, I know. I've been really busy, but no worries; I've been accumulating notes on things I've observed and will write about them in future posts. However, today I was thinking about a friend of mine who got married three months ago. My friend teaches at a local junior high school, and is quite pretty and 'white' (the most important part for Omani men it seems!). I'll name her Amina. Anyway, so Amina graduated from university, immediately got hired as a math teacher, and has been doing really well for the past three years. Last year, Idiot Head (her husband) heard about her from relatives who also teach at the same school, and decided to marry her because (1) She was white (2) She has an income (3) She drives a Lexus. Thus, the marriage was arranged. They got married three months ago, hated each other, and got a divorce after a month. The guy, Idiot Head, was married before, and divorced his first wife in order to marry Amina. Now, he went back to his first wife (how does she ACCEPT a man like that?), and Amina has discovered that she's pregnant! Yes, pregnant! And guess what? She's NOT going back to him. If I woman is pregnant after a divorce, she usually goes back to the guy, but Amina decided that being an independant single mother is much nicer than being married to Idiot Head. I can tell you, everyone in town is talking about it. It's so 'taboo' to be pregnant and unmarried. I admire Amina for her courage, and I'm sure she'll be a great Mom. Sadly, when the child is seven years old, his father can legally take full custody of the child. I pray that doesn't happen. We have a weird system. Pray for Amina and pray that Salalah can get rid of the small-town gossip element that poisons our society.