New Persian lesson of the day… In Iran it’s not that “the walls have ears,” but that "the mouse in the wall has ears…"
I was speaking with a group of Iranians about nothing in particular and learned that saying as well as this one: “He left his hat backstage…” which is what you do when you lose control of a situation.
My “teachers” were calling me Miss America. “I just cannot remember your name,” the ringleader explained. “I hope you do not mind being called Miss America.”
“Why don’t you invite Bush to visit you here?” One asked me.
“Do you really want a visit from Bush?”
“I think if Bush came to Iran, he would see what a peaceful people we are and he would put the whole world’s minds to rest. Don’t you agree?”
I laughed. One of the group added, “When you do not visit Iran, you think we are an awful people… that we are terrorists, right?”
“Right,” I agreed. “That is the way the world sees you.”
“But we are nice. We do not want to fight anyone. We are peaceful.”
“You are,” I agree.
Iranians are worried about being bombed. Many are already making predictions about where. Apparently housing prices have dropped in a certain neighborhood of Tehran.