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He raised his hand.”Salaam, Khala Jan.””Noor is ten. I have an older boy too, Ahmad.””He’s thirteen,” Noor said.Not like you and me.””I don’t see any chickens,” Mariam said.Mariam thought of her six-hundred-and-fifty-kilometer bus tripwith Rasheed, from Herat in the west, near the border withIran, to Kabul in the east. They had passed small towns andbig towns, and knots of little villages that kept springing up oneafter another. They had gone over mountains and acrossraw-burned deserts, from one province to the next. And hereshe was now, over those boulders and parched hills, with ahome of her own, a husband of her own, heading toward onefinal, cherished province: Motherhood. How delectable it was tothink ofthis baby,her baby,their baby. How glorious it was to knowthat her love for it already dwarfed anything she had ever feltas a human being, to know that there was no need anylonger for pebble games.”What do we do?”Impatiently, Rasheed said, “We wait.”* * *Later in the day, Rasheed was still trying the radio as Mariammade rice with spinach sauce in the kitchen. Mariamremembered a time when she had enjoyed, even lookedforward to, cooking for Rasheed. Now cooking was an exercisein heightened anxiety. Thequrma% were always too salty or toobland for his taste. The rice was judged either too greasy ortoo dry, the bread declared too doughy or too crispy. Discount Nike Air Max 2013 Punching Men’s Sports Shoes – Gray Yellow UQ453172 “And are those countries our friends or not?””They are,moolim sahib. They are friendly countries.”Khala Rangmaal gave a curt nod.By “out there,” he didn’t mean Kabul, which had always beenrelatively liberal and progressive. 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Then he realized that he had never before in his life been so terribly thirsty, so he entered the side gate of the garden near which he had been lying, and drank freely from the well-pail. Even this exertion left him so shaky that he had barely strength enough to get outside the garden before he dropped. Then he curled up outside the fence, shaded his eyes with one hand, and determined that the sun had never before been so bright. 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