Monthly Archives: August 2010

A Reason to Smile…

I need to take the time to blog about how I’m feeling right now, having lost friends in the killing in North Eastern Afghanistan… but it’s still so unreal to me, and I’m hurting a lot. I lost one of my closest friends in the attack and I’m not sure how to feel… some moments it sinks in, other moments it just feels too unreal and I wait for my friend to come by for coffee on his way home from work…

So I will write in a few days… when I’m ready… for now, I wanted to share a moment that made me smile yesterday. We all need moments like this, and I’m just very thankful for knowing that I’m where I’m meant to be, even faced with the tragedy of losing loved ones. I’m thankful for who I am, for the friends and colleagues I have around me… and for knowing with confidence why I’m here…
This is just a light hearted story that I hope will make you smile as it did me…

The office guard strolled into my office this afternoon with one handful of straw and a plate of soil… he mixed them together as I silently and curiously watched and then he asked me ‘what is this in English’… I told him there really wasn’t a word, it was like clay, so I googled it for him, with a smile, and came up with clay straw… he then went away and came back having added water and mixed them together, I couldn’t help but laugh and told him it was clay… I had to write these words down on a post it note for him… he left happy… I was left baffled but smiling…

In my colleague’s office they were giggling so much they couldn’t even tell me why he had wanted to know those words. Later I called one staff in to my office and asked… Apparently there’s a guy in his community who treats him like he doesn’t know anything, ‘he tries to make him look stupid’… Our guard got upset last night and picked up straw and mud and rubbed them together asking him “do you know what these are in English and do you know what they make mixed – In English?”… the other guy replied “no” to which our guard announced “I do!!!” before walking away.

This afternoon’s moment was him doing his homework and covering his back… He really makes me smile!!

At the end of the day he came into my office and asked if I’d like to play football with him and the others in the garden…

I have wonderful staff…. how blessed am I 🙂