Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Mysterious Shirt

It was many months ago when I saw my mom's new black shirt for the first time. I thought, "neat-o, cool shirt mom, but what does the Arabic writing mean?". So I asked and she answered, "I have no clue". She's cool like that, she buys whatever she thinks will look good on her. She has this one gray sweater with a black skull and bones design all over it, what a freakin' bad-ass.

Back to the shirt. This is how I perceived it...



Weeks and months went by where I would occasionally see the shirt and was left to wonder..."what the heck does it say!?!?". Then one day, one magical day, where she was standing in the right spot, with the right amount and angle of light entering the house, that I finally noticed, that I, Mustafa Sayed, have been looking at this mysterious shirt the wrong way, the whole time! It's like when you draw a cube and you can look at it as if it's coming down to the left or going up to the right, but turns out that you're really looking at a circle! The writing wasn't even in Arabic, it was in English. When I finally read it, oh the rarest of joyous moments in life occurred. I had way too much trouble stopping myself from laughing. She was so confused, repeatedly asking, "what? what's so funny?", but I was laughing so much that every time I tried to answer, I laughed even harder trying to explain it.

The actual shirt.



Next time you see my mom, please ask her out :)

Happy Early Mother's Day, Mom!

7 comments:

Taline said...

That's pretty cool! i also like that you and your family have cuddle parties :) so, what does the made-up arabic t-shirt say?

Mandy Wong said...

hahahahahahaha, it doesn't say that!! I had to compare those pictures so many times to confirm that you altered it. I was laughing so hard when I saw what the shirt said :)

Mustafa said...

@Taline - I have no idea what the original one says, I just grabbed some random writing off the internet :) but if I were to take a guess, it might say "cuddle parties are the best" on the shirt.

@Mandy - I altered the first picture to look I how I thought I saw it for the longest time. The last two images are the actual thing.

Lara said...

Omg this is the best!! I love how you changed the first picture because even though I already knew what the shirt looked like, you still totally managed to confuse me.
I especially liked this story because the first time I saw that shirt I was truly impressed by your mom. Being someone that speaks Arabic (well sorta) it was awesome to know your mom was representing. Even after you told me what it really said, I needed about 5 minutes to state at it before it finally clicked, and yes, it was definitely a joyous moment!

Sosann said...

That is so trippy...lol...i can't stop laughing.

Cori said...

I did not 'get' that for the longest time. Woosh! Right over my head. LOL. That is awesome.

dopey said...

mustaf, this is awesome :)