Wide Earth Smallholding

Wide Earth Smallholding

And Allaah has made for you the earth a wide expanse.(Qur'aan- 71:19)

I Can Write…

In her wonderful book, Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing Karen Benke asks, “What if you could write with anything today? What if you could wedge between the fingers of your left or right hand, a memory? Your infinite imagination? The power of creativity?”

I asked my children this question, and here’s a bit of what they came up with.


I can write with a whip of happiness.

I can write with a swirl of beautiful scent.

I can write with a wash of inspiration.

I can write with a tint of objection.

I can write with a flying of cool wind.

I can write with a storm of anger.

I. Can. Write.

-Nusaybah, age 11


I can write with sunflowers dancing in my eyes.

I can write with the ivory pages of life spread across the skies.

I can write with blushing crimson roses dancing in my head.

I can write with golden, glorious sunshine inspiring my thoughts.

I can write with the dew sprinkled gossamer of quiet voices long forgotten.

I can write with flowery memories of happiness gone by.

-Juwairiayah, age 13


I can write with sun glowing golden on my back.

I can write with daisies filled with joy in my hand.

I can write with bouncy balls bouncing in my head.

I can write with garden leaves all fresh and green.

I can write with clothes all over the floor.

I can write with kids sitting on my legs

I can write with rain falling from the sky.

I can write with yellow dandelions’ first morning bloom.

I can write with bright green tree below the sky.

I can write with a twinkling star bright in the sky.


-Maryam, age 6


How about you? Share with us what you can write with…

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  1. Assalamu alaikum

    How do you take care of the plants in the winter? We always try to plant stuff (just using fruit seeds or vegetable seeds/beans) with mixed success alhamdulillah. From the successes – a couple of date plants (gave one to a friend a year and a half ago and it is still growing strong alhamdulillah – she keeps it inside year round), cantelope (cantelope seeds grew realy well alhamdulillah!) and other things (though they die in the winter – I dont have places for all of them in the windowsills). We also have one plant in the window now – a baby but very beautiful – don’t know what it is. It is in a spot where it can get lots of sun and we water it.

    1. Wa Aleikum Assalam wa Rahmatullah
      My growing experiences have been in Wisconsin, Colorado, upstate New York, and Ma’bar in the mountains near Sana’a, so I really know cold weather growing best, which is pretty clearly seasonal. In those climates we used coldframes, and of course greenhouses are a good option. Our garden here is our first “Southern” garden, so I am really still learning about the whole seasonal process. When our veggies stopped producing we planted a winter lettuce/greens mix which is doing nicely.
      Inside the house I have grown herbs, but not much besides that.

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