Envy! An Egyptian Woman’s Worst Fear

Envy! An Egyptian Woman’s Worst Fear

Envy is something that has been woven in Egyptian culture for generations. It’s understandable, of course, but sometimes people go overboard with it. In some cases, it seems to be affecting friendships, relationships and a person’s lifestyle in general. Women have taken it to the next level, keeping their whole life a secret! Here are seven ways you know you’re dealing with someone with envy-phobia!

“When you ask her how the trip went, she will tell you it was the worst trip ever, even though her instagram posts say otherwise.”

 

  1. “Im not pregnant, just bloated”

She’s been married for a couple of years, she has always wanted to be a mother and finally she gets pregnant. Of course she will not tell you! Even though you can clearly see that her stomach is growing more and more every time you see her. She would rather have you think she has a chronic gas problem than know she’s pregnant. This will happen regardless of the fact that you, yourself, might be a mother, or are not all that interested in having children. An envy-phobe will always keep her pregnancy a secret.

  1. You get invited to her wedding a week before

You get a phone call from your long time friend; she invites you to her wedding, which is a week away. She would never risk your evil eye ruining her big day, because God forbid you’d actually be happy for her. Now you only have a week to be jealous!

  1. All her travels were really bad and last minute

First of all, and much like the wedding situation, all her travels are last minute! She will tell you she’s leaving a few days before her flight, always citing “it was so last minute, I literally packed an hour before my flight!” And when you ask her how the trip went, she will tell you it was the worst trip ever, even though her instagram posts say otherwise.

  1. Instagram posts only come when she’s back from her trip

She might be the best photographer you know and an avid Instagrammer who never lets you take a bite of your food before she takes an Instagram-worthy picture of it. This won’t stop her from not posting pictures of her trip before she’s home, safe and sound, though. Then she’ll bombard you with an entire week’s worth of pictures.

“She would rather have you think she has a chronic gas problem than know she’s pregnant.”

  1. Complaining about their A-student child

Everyone knows her son is the best in his class, every time you visit her he is in his room studying. However, when you innocently ask her about how he is doing at school she will say how ill mannered he is and that his grades are plummeting. She will go on and on just so you don’t jinx it.

  1. Money, Money, Money!

Having a friendly conversation about your job is fine, but when you start talking about salaries they will immediately change the subject. They will never, under any circumstances, tell you even a rough number of how much they make. Even if they happen to be your fiancé, they will tell you “May ye7sed el mal ella so7abo”.

  1. Blue evil eye and kaff Fatimah decoration

The house of an envy-phobe will say it all! It looks like a shrine for those Turkish evil eye, the Kaff Fatimah or quranic/biblic verses that protect from the evil eye. Of course she will be wearing an eye or kaff herself too!

 

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