Friday, March 23, 2007

Small Triumph for One Working Person

Today I noticed three women janitors locked arm in arm striding down the faculty hallway. Janitors usually don’t stride or have big smiles on their faces. The middle woman was wearing a scarf and dressed to go out (which made me realize that cleaning staff also have to follow the no-headscarves-on-university law just like students, faculty and administrators--more on that later…)
Several hours later the janitor knocked on my office door and offered me cookies and Turkish delight. I asked her what she was celebrating, and she proudly told me she had got her driver’s license. A small step toward the middle class.

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