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That Is the First Letter He Did Not Read in His Gulf Life. (Letter Between Family and Expat Son)

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Dear Father & mother:
Today I am completed 5 years in the Gulf. I am decided to come home next month. Within these 5 years, I have zero balance apart from clearing out my visa expenses and availed myself of one vacation before. Upon this vacation, I don’t like to return Gulf. I have sound health to do any manual job at home country. Let me know your suggestion, Your loving son.

Dear son, father writing: Received your letter and am very happy to know about your vacation. Rest will continue your mother. Dear son, Do you know about the condition of our house? During the rainy season, Nobody can stay inside the house. Repair and maintenance are very expensive with these old wooden items, All are suggesting to prefer a concrete house. Without a home, do you know, there is no alternative. If you decided to stop Gulf, can you do this with your limited income?. I am just reminding you this, you can decide what you like. Your loving mother.

Dear Mother, son writing: Now I am completed 10 years in this desert. I like to come home next month. Within this period, we rebuilt our house, and I completed all the related loans. Now I am planning to settle home and expect to meet our day-to-day expenses by Taxi driving. I am already fed up with this desert life. I want to live with my kids. Let me know your suggestions. Your loving son.

Dear son, father writing: Dear son, Received your letter which is very regrettable when I read it. My son started to suffer for us in his childhood. But one more thing I reminding you. Your sister Zainab is aged more than 20. Did you have an arrangement or plan to get her to marry? I have only one ambition, which is to die after her marriage. Do not feel bad, I am not passing any burden to you, you can decide for yourself. Your loving Mother

Dear Mother and Zahara (wife), son/husband writing: Now I am completed 14 years this January. I am fed up with this Gulf life. I can not continue more here. I am deciding to cancel my Visa. Within the last four years, we could arrange the marriage of Zainab, which was done well with the help of Allah higher than our expectation, and paid out all expenses related to her marriage. Also settled my other loans too. Now I am deciding to settle at home and start any job like light driving or similar. I can not do any heavy work, because I have abnormal BP and Sugar. If I continue here, I am forced to pay all my salary for medical expenses, so it is better to continue any Unani treatment at home. Yours YYYYY.

Dear YYYYY, father/wife writing: I shed many tears after reading your letter. Anyhow, my son, you don’t go back to Gulf anymore. But Zuhra (wife) wants to write something. Dear sweet, after our marriage, I have not requested anything from you, but now I am forced to ask something. After the marriage of your brother ZZZ, your mother is totally against me. Now your mother is depending on his wife for everything. Also, I heard, your mother is planning to give this house to your brother. If any dispute arises, where can we go with our kids? If you are decided to settle home, can you possibly make a house of your own? Do you know the price of steel and Cement and labor charges, which is not affordable? I am just expressing my anxiety, you can decide for yourself. Yours loving Zahara.

Dear Zahara, husband writing: Now I am completed 19 years of my gulf life. Within these last four years, we built a new house with my effort which is higher than your expectation. Now I have no balance, except the retirement benefit from the company, I.e my final settlement around SR 25000/- Only that is my net balance. Anyhow turning back, I have satisfaction, I could do something for others. From now, I can not continue here. Last 19 years, I could not understand what is a family life. Now I am deciding to settle home and I want to live with you and your children. This month last, I am retiring from my job, see you face to face, yours loving YYYYY.

Dear sweet loving, wife writing: After reading your letter, I am very happy to know about your decision to discontinue the gulf of life even you are late. But our son requested me to write one thing to you. He likes to join Engineering courses. He got an admission Card from Amritha Auto Engineering college, Coimbatore. The first year needs to pay 4 Lakhs (SR 40000/-) then each year 3 lakhs each. No need to pay cash down at one stroke, they agreed on installment payment. Students learning’s there are all expatriates sons. The first installment must pay on or before this 30th. Expecting your reply soon, Yours loving Zuhra.

He spent a sum more for the education of his son and to get marry his daughter, then now he completed 27 years. Now he is on the way to the Airport with his ultimate balance of Blood Sugar, Blood pressure, back pain, and ulcer. On the way incidentally, he noticed a letter in his pocket, which he received from home, not opened yet.

That is the first letter he did not read in his Gulf life.


Date: 19/02/2022

Dammam, Al- Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

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