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Skittles started a meme called Heads or Tails this week the topic is Guard.
When my father was working in Kirkuk Iraq, we flew back as a family one year, just after my father had remarried, and I was out of school for the summer. We flew from London Airport in England to Baghdad, Iraq and then caught a small plane from there to Kirkuk which is located in northern Iraq not far from Mosul which is the location of biblical Ninevah.
When we had disembarked and collected our luggage we had to go through a check out procedure. It was long before the war on terror and it was just a formality as we had already had our luggage searched in Baghdad. We knew that mostly the guards did it as a form of intimidation or just plain curiosity and they preferred to look through women's suitcases more than the men's. They seemed to leave the men alone and were very interested in any woman or young girl and since we were unveiled and had knee length skirts and short sleeves we were an oddity and I suppose extremely sexual to them although by European standards we were modestly dressed.
So after going through my new step-mothers suitcase at length and then mine, although I was only nine years old, the guard gave my father a form to sign for his chattels, which meant all his baggage. In those guards eyes any woman or girl and their baggage were only part of my father's baggage and we had no rights or personalities of our own any more than our suitcases had.
My father would love to trot out that story every so often although it infuriated my stepmother.