You Woud Luke Veddy,Veddy Goud

I seem to have a fan club at Duane Reade with young Muslim girls wearing hijabs in assorted prints and colors.

Whenever I stroll in, which is daily, they are all so happy to see me, smiling and waving.

I guess this is because, I treat them in kind, oblivious that they’re Muslim.

They remind me of nuns who, when I was growing up their faces were hidden by what was called a wimple, where all you saw were their eyes, nose and mouth, all else covered.

These women are young and happy despite the rampant prejudice of their selected religion.  I treat everyone the same, so for me, regardless of their head garb, they’re just a bunch of girls I tease.

“Is that an Hermes scarf tied around your head?”

“I vish,” one of them says

“It’s such a chic look, though hot I imagine.”

“Oh yes, veddy, veddy hot.”

“It’s very attractive, even if you’re sweating.  Try dusting your neck with baby powder.”

They all giggled. “Like a baby’s ba-hind,” said scarf number three.  She was a girl I helped once, but prefers, due to the circumstances, it not be mentioned.  I wrote about it in, An Islamic Little Girl.

“You would look veddy goud in a hijab.  If you  like, I make you one.”  This stopped me in my tracks.  Nothing like stepping into a girl’s scarf, so to speak.

“That’s so nice of you,” I said, “but I don’t, you know..I, I , I…

They giggled really hard this time. “I vas not sedious,” she said, grinning like a covered up  imp.

Boy, did I feel like an asshole, but, alas, a veddy  goud-natured one.



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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12 Responses to You Woud Luke Veddy,Veddy Goud

  1. micklively says:

    The parallels between nuns and muslim girls is interesting. I shall apply my mind to that one.

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  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, when I was a youngster I wanted to be a nun so I could wear their habit and have a big rosary bang against my stomach (no chest then) while I walked. Their unfashionable shoes stopped my daydream.
    You’re right, those young Muslim girls are just that, young girls. I love that you brought out their sense of humor.

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    • They definitely have one, giggling like baby chicks. I too had a moment when I wanted to be a nun. I’d sit at the supper table with my grandmother’s babushka wrapped around my head and wouldn’t pass the peas unless you called me Sister Sue. Oy vey Skinny.

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  3. I worked with a Muslim and was always amazed at the clothing. During the summer I would sweat just looking at all the stuff around the neck area. Since menopause I can’t stand anything on my neck at all for any reason. (Good thing I wasn’t a nun….for a lot of reasons but the neck thing is one of them.)

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  4. Patricia says:

    Girls are girls whatever they wear. I love to listen to them and love it when they are just being girls and not trying to be sophisticated women.

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  5. Elle Knowles says:

    My mothers sister was a nun – Sister Ida Marie – Aunt Bea to her many nieces and nephews. In her later years when nuns stopped dressing as nuns she still scared me to death. ~Elle

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  6. My best friend growing up had an Aunt who was a nun. She would come over on Friday nights to hang out with her blood sisters. When she did, the habit came off. I’ll never forget my friend, basically selling tickets to “see a nun without her habit.”
    As for the hijab, I’m always impressed with the perfection. Not a crease .. nothing, just a smooth wrap. Impressive indeed.
    In the end girls will be girls.

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