Ever since I arrived in the UAE I wondered how people recognized the women that were completely covered. Abaya from head to toe and faces completely covered except for their eyes. How did kids recognize their mom when all they could see were her eyes? I in visioned a little kid running up to the wrong person after school and feeling super embarrassed.
Well yesterday I had an epiphany and I got my answer. I was in Carrefour (which is like Walmart) and I saw a woman pushing a stroller. She was covered from head to toe. All you could see were her eyes. Although she was dressed like 70% of the women in the store something about her seemed surprisingly familiar. We caught eyes and I smiled and she waved. They I knew how I knew her, she was a teacher at my school. Since we are an all girl school she does not cover her face while she is in the building, yet when she drives and is outside, she does. I guess I now know how kids know who their mom is when they are out, they just do.