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 Friday, July 25, 2014 | 28 Ramadan 1435
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The past six Ramadans, I rise before the sun does. It's not to eat suhoor, nor do I prepare it for my husband. I trudge by him as he groggily slurps down a bowl of O's, we exchange a look of mutual exhaustion. It's a call that summons me awake, reminding me that there's something greater than sleep. I kick my way out of the covers, sit up, and quickly begin reorienting myself. Peeling away from a dreamy subconscious realm, I stand up and enter my reality. Motherhood.
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