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The Americans That Could. . .and Egypt’s Returning Daughter: The Power of Preseverance, Courage, and the Audacity to Be Vigilant!

The Makings of #TeamUSA and International Day 2018 At the American University In Cairo!

(This photograph was taken by an American visitor at the American University In Cairo's New Cairo campus on March 6, 2018; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)

      Once upon a time in Cairo,                                                                                                              on a special day in March

      It was the annual, International Day,                                                                                               at AUC to start

      Countries were organized,                                                                                                               to put on display

      Presenting their unique culture,                                                                                                     doing it their own way

They knew they could                                                                                              They knew they could                                                                                             They knew they could                                                                                             They knew they could

(Photograph By American Visitor; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)

On March 6, 2018,  students, faculty, staff, and visitors came to the AUC New Cairo garden.  International Day 2018 was here, and the Spirit of celebration had come.  The United States of America, too, had come to display.  Initially, they were 3!  New England.  The Dirty South.  And West Coast, Cali.  

Black America.  The New England PersuasionDutch Memory of the MidwestMexican-American.  

Then, of course, was Egypt’s returning flower, who became an American citizen; making the country her second home of homes. An enlightening conversation, was filled with memories, in understanding water’s patience and aesthetics.  Her immersion into Black American literary aesthetics, and knowing of historical hostilities for this peculiar group in Alabama, was an interesting experience for a Black American maiden, with family ties in the state.

Preparation for America’s display required meetings, a library visit, and acquiring materials, during the latest of night’s hour.  On the night of March 5, 2018, the dynamic 3 met up near Bassily Hall, to go over the game plan. #TeamUSA’s Game Plan.

(Photograph By American Visitor; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)
(Photograph By American Visitor; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)

                                          *Oreo cookies. . .Check                                                                

                                          *Red, White, Blue Balloons. . .Check

                                          *Streamers. . .Check 

                                          *Cloth. . .Check

                                          *Attire. . .Double Check

Each given their list of tasks, needed to be completed for the next day’s big event.  And completed, they would be.  

  Red. White. Blue                                                                                              Red. White. Blue                                                                                                 USA! USA!

(Photograph By American Visitor; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)

 An important person missing from the picture is AUC’s own, Diana Van Bogaert! Located in the Department of Law, she invokes an abundant Spirit of the Goddess woman!  Always giving, sharing, and willing to help when she can.  A large, white cloth was needed to complete the trinity of coloring.  With just one e_mail, the beloved Diana Van Bogaert, came to save the day!  Hours before the International Day parade, she arrived with a beautiful fabric of white cloth.  Folded, crafted, and ready to be laid.  Work responsibilities and schedule, would occupy her time for the day.  Yet, her presence and contribution would bring balance to America’s representation for that day.

(Photograph By Visitor of Ovio Cafe; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)
(Photograph By Visitor of Ovio Cafe; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)

Memory of a child’s mind would see Diana as a vigilant reminder for the writer’s interactions with Dutch-descended communities, of American soiling.  For one little,Black American girl, the memory of her mother taking her to Dutch, cultural spacing in Michigan was a day of wonder! Being exposed to the world of Dutch, chocolate making from one man.  Moments later, a young maiden of Dutch descent, would enter into the spacing; dressed in traditional attire, as Dutch maidens do!  The curiousity of the little girl increased, upon seeing the shoes. . .wooden shoes!  Shoes of wood?  But, how could that be?  How did it feel to walk in wooden shoes?  Questions continuing to occupy her mind.  Nevertheless, future adventures for this young child, would lead her to meet other Dutch maidens, on the travels life would take her. As usual, that’s for another story!:)

(Photograph By Visitor of Ovio Cafe; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)
(Photograph By Visitor of Ovio Cafe; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)
(Photograph By Visitor of Ovio Cafe; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)

                         We thought we could                                                                                                            He thought we could                                                                                                        I thought we could                                                                                                             They thought we could

         Print outs had been made.  An assemblage of facts, and famous Americans, ready to be passed out to visitors’ imaginations; those eager to get a taste of the USA!  Materials transformed the American booth into a bubbly persona and wonderland; a fun-filled party to illuminate the aesthetics of American dreams.  An enchanting painting, depicting the United States of America, as a vivacious carnival.  As dress changes were made, and the two Americans got in line for the parade, the surprise of Egypt’s daughter came along. Emana Kopycki had arrived.

        With her were treats from the U.S. Embassy of Cairo, #TeamUSA had additional displays and decor, from their booth.  From embassy information on events, to pendants of the American and Egyptian flags together.  The pendants were reflective of the USA and Egypt being in alliance with each other.  Her assistance and presence, as an Egyptian woman, with US citizenship, while having lived in the US (plus her venture in studying one peculiar group of American culture), was the perfect addition to the mix.

(Photo Taken By Emana Kopycki; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)
(Photo Taken By Emana Kopycki; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)
(Photo Taken By Emana Kopycki; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)
(Photo Taken By Emana Kopycki; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)

                                         Red. White. Blue                                                                                              USA. USA. USA. USA

We knew we could                                                                                                                        We knew we could                                                                                                                        We knew we could                                                                                                                        We knew we could

              And so, it was done.  Mission accomplished!  Celebration complete.  #TeamUSA had succeeded.  Egypt’s flower, having smelled the breeze of American winds, assisted in the celebration.  A photo moment, would seal the perfect moment, of future moments to come.  

(Photograph By American Visitor; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)
(Photograph By American Visitor; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)
(Photograph By American Visitor; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)
(Photograph By American Visitor; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)
(Photograph By American Visitor; Edits By Lauren K. Clark)

                 We wanted.  We had done.  We did. Because, we could!

                  An enriching moment. . .never to be. . .misunderstood!

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