Those Happy Hijabs

I’ve made an acute observation.

There’s suddenly an explosion of young Islamic women employed throughout the city. Where before it was rare, now it’s viral, meaning that well.

The thing that’s so apparent, is how happy they all are.

I thought about this.

They smile when they see you.  Ask how you are while doing anything to help, unlike their sisters from the barrio who’d rather stab you than be courteous.

Then it hit me like fresh air.  Of course they’re happy.  They’re free, to come and go, work…earn…and be part of the world.

Back home they weren’t even allowed out, unless given permission, and in some cases, taken out, like pets that require walking.

They can’t contribute nor express an opinion, and childbirth and rearing, also only to an extent, is their sole purpose on earth.

I thought about this too.

How we take our liberties for granted. The tiniest, like shopping, to being able to vote.

This morning when I went to the post office I purposely waited for the pretty paisley hijab working in the corner who, when I asked for a sheet of stamps, rather than grab the nearest roll, took out a looseleaf filled with choices, and we picked my Forever Stamps together, she smiling the whole time.

These girls, such shining examples, should take their smiles out on the road.images


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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6 Responses to Those Happy Hijabs

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, what a great (and accurate) observation! I’ve never stopped to think about why they smile so much.
    And thanks for reawakening my appreciation for the freedoms we have.

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  2. micklively says:

    I can’t help but think that you’re making some huge sweeping generalisations here Susannah. The lot of Muslim women is far from universal. It may interest you to know that I’ve dated a couple in my time.


  3. I always like happy customer service people (which is rare) no matter what garb they wear! We had one Muslim where I worked who wore the hijab and she wasn’t different from anyone else. Sometimes happy, sometimes not. She wasn’t new to the country and that may be the difference.

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