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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sibling Rivalry

I heart my brother Karim. 

He lives up to the sterotype of pain-in-my-arse-older-brother and graciously accepts my pain-in-the-arse baby sister antics.  And that is why we love each other just so.  When I was in high school, I had the pleasure of working I worked as a Camp Counselor with Karim leading us as the Camp Director.  I wish I knew what the word nepotism meant back then. I could have leveraged so much more... 

An old camp sweatshirt celebrating our 10th anniversary!

Last summer, my bestie and I hosted a camp staff reunion, one of the counselors (also my summer-camp-romance-turned-boyfriend-who-dumped-me-two-days-before-my-senior-prom-and-I-never-let-him-forget-it-especially-when-other-people-are-around-but-I-am-not-bitter-I-promise) pulled out his collection of camp newsletters.  All week long, campers would work on the newsletter and everyone would get to take home their very own copy of Ma'arifa Moments at the end of the week.

Camp Staff in 1996.

Camp Staff Reunion in 2012.

As we poured over old photos and old newsletters, I stumbled upon this excellent piece of investigative journalism on the dynamics between an older brother and a younger sister in a workplace setting.  It appeared in the form of two interviews.  You many not be able to read this scan of Ma'arifa Moments and so I've transcribed the interviews for you below with all their grammatical and spelling errors included:


Q.  Why did you decide to become a director of Camp Ma'arifa?
A.  I decided to be a camp director because I like to organise things and I really believe that I can do a good job.

Q.  What was the reason that you chose this site?
A.  We chose this site for several reasons.  Since we could not get last year's site we needed to find a location that would suit our needs.  As a camper here at this site in 1988, I had a lot of good times and enjoyed this site very much.

Q.  How does it feel to have your sister as one of the counsellors?
A.  Faisa is a great counsellor with a lot of experience working with kids.  She enjoys camping very much.

Q.  Do you have a girlfriend?
A.  Yes, her name is Minaz.

Q.  Do you want to be a director or a counsellor next year?
A.  Due to work I probably won't be able to do this in the near future.

Q.  How do you feel about your sister Faiza having a tatoo?
A.  I don't think children should get a tatoo.

Here are some interesting facts about Karim that he wanted to share with Ma'arifa Moments:
- favourite lotion is Lubriderm
- favourite shampoo is Pert Plus
- favourite Mexican food is tacos

Amazing article right?  My brother was such a wise and professional young twenty something.  And that is why I felt terrible when I read my interview. Proceed with reading but don't judge me until the very end...


We recently spoke with Faiza Kanji, kid sister of Director, Karim Kanji, and we got some really interesting dirt on the guy we know as the Ma'arifa co-counsellor.  Here's what the lady had to say:

Q.  How do you feel having karim as a director for this camp?
A.  To tell you the truth, he is not my real brother.  We found him at this old lady's garage sale and my mom felt sorry for him so we took him home.

Q.  Did you get your tatoo before Karim?
A.  Well actually I got my tatoo before Karim knew what a tatoo was.  Seeing as he is jealous of everything I do he had to get one also.  I know you feel sorry for him but so do I.

Q.  Is Minaz really his girlfriend?
A.  She's a friend of my motherwho volunteers in her spare time and helps troubled youth and I guess Karim has a little crush on her and calls her his girlfriend now.  She knows it would hurt his feelings if he knew the truth so she just plays along with it.

Q.  Has Karim ever been mean to you?
A.  Yes he has, but he has so much hair on his head that it is probably interfering with his last few brain cells and he is merely mistaking me for someone else.

Q.  Is Karim a good brother?
A.  Karim is a wonderful brother.  He is kind and lots of fun and sometimes we have really cheesy moments which are kind of fun too.  Excuse me while I wipe the tears off my eyes.

I know.  I was a brat.  And so unprofessional.  However, I stand by the fact that there are certain rights and privileges that accompany the status of baby sister.

I did redeem myself with that last answer...fake tears and all.


Tima said...

I love this!!!!! I think I now have tears from laughing.

Anonymous said...

Faiza my Dear there were No garage sales when Karim was born!! I just could not stop laughing!!! Always a pleasure to read your blog. Love you loads.xxxxxxxxxxx

sheba said...

Faiza, what a great way to avoid doing report cards. Thank you for sharing!

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