Friday, March 02, 2007

Patience is rewarded

Annie has been waiting patiently for news about the boxes she has sent to us of woollens for the children in the orphanage in Ghor. Today I got news from Ghor that five of the boxes have arrived, filled with hats and socks and gloves and scarves. We've just had a very cold snap, bringing lot of snow to Ghor (some of my colleagues have been stuck up there for almost a week). So these woollies have arrived in time to make a real difference. If you made a contribution to Annie's boxes then know that they are now in situ and will be ably distributed (no doubt more efficiently than I managed) by Magnea and Julija (of Iceland and Lithuania respectively). For those of you who made financial contributions, I am planning to use that money for school supplies. I think that Annie pulled together nine boxes of woollens, so that ground should be well covered. The Director of the orphanage specifically asked me for notebooks and pencils/pens etc. I feel pretty sure that you would all be happy with that, no? Also on the theme of patience rewarded, I have been patiently popping into Jolissa's blog (Busytown) over recent months waiting for her to decide it is time to return to the screen. This week I found her there in vintage Jolissa form. If you haven't read Busytown before then I recommend a visit. Jolissa is the older sister of a dear friend, and when I met her in person during a visit to New York four years ago (to celebrate my 30th birthday) I discovered a woman of intelligence, warmth, and wit. Her blog covers the many facets of the life of a writer and scholar with two small children, living far from her home country and family. All that with a sense of humour, curiosity and fun. Oh yes, my patience has been rewarded. I've been indulging in lots of blog exploration this morning, it is a little bit like my equivalent of strolling through town, stopping into inspiring independent art galleries and bookstores. Also this morning I started playing with my new pencils, in my new journal. I have never in my life tried drawing, but with the Commander's encouragement and the help of a book from his mother, I'm having a go. So far, so much fun!

6 comments:

AnnieElf said...

I am overjoyed, Frida!! Please give Magnea and Julija BIG hugs from me.

LisaOceandreamer said...

This is indeed welcoming news and the knowing the contents will get to the children as planned, beyond words. Between you and Annie this has been a a true inspiration.

Regina Clare Jane said...

I am so happy about this! To think that one of those little precious ones may be wearing one of the little scarves I sent- I am just thrilled- for them and for me! Thanks so much to Annie and all her hard work and for you, Frida- you are a dear one- truly a joy in my life!

Alex aka Gypsy Girl said...

Yey! I'm so glad the contributions are coming in! It's so exciting to share this work with you (Even if it is just a tiny bit we can do)...
I'll head to Busytown now. Thanks for the tip. And for the drawing... That is such a good idea to relax! I'm sure you'll be sharing your talents with us soon, right? xx

Becca said...

Thanks to you and Annie for all your efforts in helping these children. It feels good to have played a small part in this project, knowing that perhaps we've helped to warm some small heads and hands.

I'm off to check out Busytown...

paris parfait said...

Hooray for the contributions arriving. I appreciate the link. As for the drawing, I've recently started some art again, after ages of doing nothing. Baby steps, but it's fun.