I had never met the Choudrys before and what a wonderful welcome awaited us. Over the myriad of ethnic dishes prepared by the Choudry ladies, we talked about customs, beliefs and attitudes, only to find that we have so much in common.
Many of the specialty foods they served were considered specialties by my own parents who were of Italian descent. A prayer before our meal was no different than what many Christians do with their families at dinnertime.
The Choudry adult children were immersed in university courses, which were the same as those taken by my middle son, so I was able to provide some advice on where to go next.
The genuine camaraderie came naturally and our discussions were animated. Our commonalities surfaced immediately in that we share the same core values — we are all the same. We all want the same for our children — a future full of potential and opportunities.
By the time we left, full of food and friendship, we were invited to the eldest son’s wedding (even though he doesn’t yet have a bride). We are now part of the Choudry family. I am thankful to have accepted the request to Meet a Muslim Family and for the opportunity to spend some precious time with such wonderful people.
Ward 1 Councillor Marilyn Iafrate
905-832-8585 ext. 8344
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