Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The Henna Tattoo
Before I continue with my journey I wanted to relate something that happened yesterday while I was at Jerash. We were in the visitor center and our guide was giving us some background on the site. I sat on a bench to listen and Pam, one of the other members of the tour group, joined me. A few minutes later a Jordanian woman came into the room and sat down on the base of a near-by column. I nudged Pam and told her to scoot over and then motioned for the woman to sit on the bench with us. She joined us with a smile and a nod and then pulled open a plastic bag that she had and asked if I wanted a Henna Tattoo. I asked her how much, and she said "no problem" which is her way of saying no charge. I agreed, so she proceeded with the tattoo. During the process we exchanged names and told me how many children she had, emphasizing that she had 2 boys. She even showed me a picture of one on her cell phone. Apparently she does the Henna Tattoos for money, but I guess she gave me a free one because I was nice to her. Unfortunately the tattoo didn't last very long. I sweated a lot that day.