Under The Zinzlakhti Tree at Abou Alif Place - By Hassan Bitar.
commenting on the above picture I sent to him. The picture was taken in
front of Afif Khoury’s shop at Bazbina. Under the Zenzlakht tree, in
Winter of 1960, there were sitting left to right: Saad Slaiman (Bitar),
Fayez Khoury, Yaacoub Khoury, Ayoub Feyyod, Adib Hazim (Moukhtar) and
Afif Khoury (Abou Alif).
From Hassan I.
To Manuel Hazim
“I cannot get this
picture slipped by without a comment. It is so vibrant and alive that I
felt I am back to these days of simplicity and bonding. Although that
all these persons have passed away except for Afif Al-Khoury and Fayez
(the man with the hat), I can see them like they are a part of me, in
particular Adib Hazim (Al-Moukhtar), the role model of every young man
in my generation.
So many memories were
brought to live inside me that I can breath the air, taste the water and
share the bonding. It is humbling for me; at least, to go back all these
years and compare the struggle I went through in my life to be where I
am now then to be reminded as a lightning strike that "No East or West,
home is best". Definitely I will be back to sit under a Zinzlakht tree
in Saha and smell a flower from Bazbina.
Thank you Manuel to
share your unique talent to bring us back to our roots and make Bazbina
a continuous presence in our life.”