Dress, let alone practicing their religion, can set these women apart from the culture around them. That is not to say there is no fashion involved - indeed their fashions are quite intricate. Yet what I have learned from these close friends of mine is there is no shame in not fitting in perfectly with the women around you.
The fears of being a casualty of a public mass shooting can longer be criticized as irrational. It is an act of domestic terrorism that knows no geological preference, nor does it discriminate against age or nationality. Americans are being terrorized by fellow citizens, their own community members.
For months now, the pundits and the GOP establishment have dismissed the dangers posed by the likes of Trump and Carson and Cruz. But as their rhetoric becomes harsher, with naked appeals to intolerance and even violence, it is time to wake up. Because they speak to an entire group's existential crisis
I recognize it is far easier to be the one going than to be the one left behind. I sympathize with them. But I do not feel it fair to call my decision, or me by extension, selfish. On the contrary, I believe what I am doing is empowering those I know and am soon to know to go out and live their dreams.