Focus on Koko

Here are some more shots I got this morning in response to the challenge. I tried to make the second photo more interesting by including a dancing Nadir in it!

Other entries:

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Flickr Comments
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  3. flower in focus (Weekly Photo Challenge) | photo potpourri
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus #iphoneography | Captured With My Phone, iPhoneography
  5. Focus and Unfocused | Summerfield84’s English blog
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge – Focus | Chittle Chattle
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Stevie’s Words
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus – Joy and Woe
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge – Focus | Just Snaps
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge : Focus Cardinals in the Snow | I see beauty all around by rob paine
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | modern day designs
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Ohm Sweet Ohm
  14. Focus: Sleepy in Jerusalem | Cardinal Guzman
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Stephen Chapman
  16. Weekly photo challenge: Focus | Digital Art and photography by Irfan Hussain
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Wind Against Current
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | blueberriejournal
  19. Weekly photo challenge: focus | I BELIEVE
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | nancy merrill photography
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge : Focus | Hamburg und Mee(h)r
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Dim Lamp/קנה רצוץ לא ישבור
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge:Focus | The Ambitious Drifter
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge : Focus | Jejak BOcahiLANG
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | suzie81’s Blog
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Blogging Vogging…
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge – Focus « LargeSelf
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Bams’ Blog
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Journey Called Life …
  30. Photo Challenge WP….FOCUS | Daily Observations
  31. Focus / unfocus | follow your nose
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Nicki
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge – Focus (Bleeding Hearts) | Points of View
  34. Focus | de Wets Wild
  35. » Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | rondomtaliedraai
  36. Photoworld 23-8-13 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium
  37. Weekly photo challenge: focus one | Rob’s Surf Report
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Lucid Gypsy
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | MyBlog – solaner
  40. weekly photo challenge – focus | myguiltypleasures
  41. Focus | Taking One Day At A Time
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Human vs. Nature
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | 2812 photography
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus « Restawyle
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Rural Iowa Pastor
  46. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: FOCUS | TANIA FUENTEZ MEDIA
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | ~~Good~talk~with~Yen-Yen~~
  48. Focus | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  49. Weekly Photo Challenge – Focus | Today
  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Sitting on the Porch
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | A Taste of Morning
  52. Focus on the Forest… | ilargia64
  53. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Ese’ s Voice
  54. Weekly Photography Challenge: Focus « Minute Moments
  55. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus, Take Two | Wind Against Current
  56. Lack of Focus Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  57. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | tornin2’s Blog
  58. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | MixerUpper.com
  59. Focus | About-One-Thing
  60. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Pursuing The Void
  61. Focus, focus, focus | Beyond the Brush
  62. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | What Is It?!?
  63. WordPress Photo Challenge: Focus | A year in the Life
  64. Focus | Thirdeyemom
  65. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Memory Catcher
  66. Weekly Photo Challenge/ On the Road: Focus / Lines and Directions | What’s (in) the picture?
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  68. :: WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Belo Horizonte daily photo
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  70. Weekly Photo Challenge – Focus. The eye’s (or rather eye) have it. | The numpty with a camera and a laptop
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  73. WordPress weekly photo challenge: Focus | Milka Pejovic
  74. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Jasper Smits
  75. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | six degrees photography
  76. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Let There be Peace on Earth
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  78. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Pleasantries & Pit Bulls
  79. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus – Tall, high and far away | SERENDIPITY
  80. Weekly Photo Challenge – Focus
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  82. “Focus” | “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”
  83. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Sandra Conner – By The Book
  84. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Travel. Garden. Eat.
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  86. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | The Temenos Journal
  87. Weekly Photo Challenge – Carefree | Joe’s Musings
  88. Street 6400 | artishorseshit
  89. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | alien shores
  90. Purple | loveletterstoaghost
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  92. Weekly Photo Challenge : Focus | Moments In Your Life
  93. Weekly Photo Challenge : Focus/ Fokus | bambangpriantono
  94. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | acieartikulasi
  95. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus 2 | Kanlaon
  96. Weekly Photo Challenge: Out of Focus >>> Blurred Smiles | From Ground to Home
  97. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Nature in the Burbs
  98. Focus – A Nap | wingrish
  99. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | dediwiyanto

Focus in the study

This was a very difficult challenge for me. Anyway here is what I could get:

Other entries:

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Flickr Comments
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  3. flower in focus (Weekly Photo Challenge) | photo potpourri
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus #iphoneography | Captured With My Phone, iPhoneography
  5. Focus and Unfocused | Summerfield84’s English blog
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge – Focus | Chittle Chattle
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Stevie’s Words
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus – Joy and Woe
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge – Focus | Just Snaps
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge : Focus Cardinals in the Snow | I see beauty all around by rob paine
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | modern day designs
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Ohm Sweet Ohm
  14. Focus: Sleepy in Jerusalem | Cardinal Guzman
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Stephen Chapman
  16. Weekly photo challenge: Focus | Digital Art and photography by Irfan Hussain
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Wind Against Current
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | blueberriejournal
  19. Weekly photo challenge: focus | I BELIEVE
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | nancy merrill photography
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge : Focus | Hamburg und Mee(h)r
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Dim Lamp/קנה רצוץ לא ישבור
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge:Focus | The Ambitious Drifter
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge : Focus | Jejak BOcahiLANG
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | suzie81’s Blog
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Blogging Vogging…
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge – Focus « LargeSelf
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Bams’ Blog
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Journey Called Life …
  30. Photo Challenge WP….FOCUS | Daily Observations
  31. Focus / unfocus | follow your nose
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Nicki
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge – Focus (Bleeding Hearts) | Points of View
  34. Focus | de Wets Wild
  35. » Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | rondomtaliedraai
  36. Photoworld 23-8-13 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium
  37. Weekly photo challenge: focus one | Rob’s Surf Report
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Lucid Gypsy
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | MyBlog – solaner
  40. weekly photo challenge – focus | myguiltypleasures
  41. Focus | Taking One Day At A Time
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Human vs. Nature
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | 2812 photography
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus « Restawyle
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Rural Iowa Pastor
  46. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: FOCUS | TANIA FUENTEZ MEDIA
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | ~~Good~talk~with~Yen-Yen~~
  48. Focus | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  49. Weekly Photo Challenge – Focus | Today
  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Sitting on the Porch
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | A Taste of Morning
  52. Focus on the Forest… | ilargia64
  53. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Ese’ s Voice
  54. Weekly Photography Challenge: Focus « Minute Moments
  55. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus, Take Two | Wind Against Current
  56. Lack of Focus Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  57. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | tornin2’s Blog
  58. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | MixerUpper.com
  59. Focus | About-One-Thing
  60. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | Pursuing The Void
  61. Focus, focus, focus | Beyond the Brush
  62. Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | What Is It?!?

The First Time I Saw You

This post has been specifically written for today’s Daily Prompt: Viral

25th Nov 2009 1:24 pm. My world has changed.  I’ve just given birth to a healthy baby boy. I’ve become a mother.

We have named him Nadir which means exceptional in Urdu. The doctor checks the baby and hands him over to me. I look at him for the first time and I’ve already forgotten the ordeals of labor. He’s so small and yet so perfect.

I’m overwhelmed with emotion and the tears start flowing. Tears of relief and gratitude that God has given me a perfect baby. All through my pregnancy it’s been my biggest fear that something terrible will happen. I’ve been praying to Him not to test me with a burden I cannot bear. I’m just not strong enough. And now He’s listened to me and given me a healthy beautiful baby.

Will He grant the rest of my prayers too? When I prayed that let him grow up to be a good person, let him have good health and good fortunes, let him be one who looks after the less fortunate and is a shoulder for his parents in their old age.

And what about my responsibilities? How I care for this child will largely be accountable for the kind of person he grows up to be. I’m ready, I’m ready for that responsibility.

I put my finger in his hand and he wraps his little fingers around it. Does he already know that his mummy is holding him? Does he recognize my voice? He curls up his mouth on one side and I instantly get my answer. It makes me feel that I could do anything and everything for this child. I’m completely and utterly in love.

First photo with Nadir

First photo with Nadir

Other entries:

Daily Prompt: Learning

Nadir started nursery last year

To learn a thing or two,

Away from his mother,

Five hours straight through.

To begin with, quiet was he

Not living up to his potential,

More social he had to be

Said his school principal.

With time he became more sure,

And learnt to make friends,

Colors, shapes, numbers and more,

Hard work paid dividends.

His love of books was nurtured

All day he talked no end,

Working with his hands he preferred,

Anastasia became his best friend.

Another year is about to start,

New friends and things to learn,

Books, music, crafts and art,

And a whole lot of fun!

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And here is what others had to say:

What Nadir said (Part 2)

My 3 yr old son is the most talkative little person I know. He talks when he’s in the toilet, he talks when he’s asleep, even when he doesn’t want to talk, he’ll be talking: “I’m not answering!”, “I don’t want to say anything!”

Nadir has a habit of stating the obvious which can get quite awkward at times, “Is that a bald man?”, “Is that a fat man?” and we’re hoping that the man in question hasn’t heard or will just ignore us. At other times we are just greeted with smiles and nods as he says: “That baby is cute! How old is he?” On boarding an airplane recently he remarked, “Is that the air-hostess? Is she wearing lipstick?” I think the air-hostess looked a little embarrassed. When asked what he did on his vacation, he answered “I went to sleep at night and got up in the morning”. Of course he forgot to mention swimming in the pool, building castles on the beach, playing in the kid’s club… oh well!

2012-12-14 10.48.24He loves making up stories. He’ll take a catalog or a magazine and looking at the pictures he’ll make up a story complete with different characters and a plot. When he’s finished he’ll announce “That’s the end of the story!”

If I’m talking on the phone he’ll want to talk too. He’ll greet whoever comes to our house and tell them about his new toys.

He’s a free spirited person and hates taking a cue so if I ask him to recite a nursery rhyme or sing a song in front of someone he’ll never oblige.

The only time he’s quiet is when someone is reading to him. He’ll listen with full concentration soaking in the story and the pictures. Then after he’s heard the story a couple of times he’ll “read” the book himself by memory.

Needless to say, I have lots of videos of him. He loves to watch these especially the ones where he’s talking. “I want to see my video” he says and then laughs at his own antics.

He really is the life and soul of the household and when he’s gone to play with the neighbor’s kids there’s a deafening silence in the house.

For “What Nadir said” take a look here

Look, I’m rhyming!

I need a daily prompt to write,

A photo challenge to click my camera,

I think I just might,

Have to do something extra.

My very own prompt

To raise the bar,

I really doubt

I have to look very far.

My life as a mother,

My son is an inspiration,

So I should look no further,

And make my own creation.

(My first attempt at writing a poem!)

Alone in the playground

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Maryam was excited. Today her father had promised to take her to the playground.  He was supposed to visit every Saturday but often he was too busy to come. He traveled a lot and was out of the country for many weeks at a time.

It was 6 months since her parents had divorced. Sometimes she would hear her mom crying in her bedroom. Maryam was still trying to understand what had happened. In all of her 8 years she had never seen her parents really happy together. It seemed they were only together for her sake. Her dad used to work late and during the week she hardly got to see him. He would come home after she had gone to sleep and leave for work before she got up.

But the weekends were special because she got to spend time with her dad. He would take her out to the playground near their house. Run with her while she rode her cycle. Her mom would make sandwiches for them and they would eat in the playground. She loved to ride the merry-go-round with the colorful animals and feel the wind on her face. Her dad had made up a story for each of the animals. The tiger who had a long neck because he liked to look over the hedge into his neighbor’s house,  the giraffe who always felt cold and wore a coat and the mutant turtle whose nose grew long like Pinocchio when he told lies.

Now she would long for the weekends even more. That time with her dad became even more special. But he would not always show up. She would dread the ringing of the telephone on Saturday morning because that would be her dad calling to say he couldn’t make it. But this Saturday, the phone didn’t ring. She waited for a while. Her mom had already started making the sandwiches to take with her. She looked out of the window. She could see the playground and the colorful merry-go-round beckoning her. But there was no sign of her dad. She told her mom that she would wait for him at the playground. She sat on the bench with her sandwiches and watched some children play. After a while the children went home and she was alone. She slowly took out one sandwich and started eating. She could see her mom watching her from their gate. She was hungry and she finished the sandwiches. Still there was no sign of her dad. Her mom had gone inside as well. Maybe she was trying to call him.

She got up and sat next to the mutant turtle on the merry-go-round. Why hadn’t he come? Was he doing something more important or had he just forgotten? Why had he told her he would come? Why had he kept her waiting? What excuse would he make? Would his nose become long like the mutant turtle’s? Was this the beginning of the end? Would he never be her dad again? She felt a lump in her throat but she stopped herself from crying. And there sat the little girl, alone in the playground.

Daily Prompt: Activity

Being a full time mom of an energetic 3 yr old who is currently on his summer holidays, I am usually keeping him entertained and busy. But to keep the balance I need to make something with my own hands (other than Lego!). Here is what I recently completed:

20130718_161040It’s the 99 attributes of Allah hand embroidered in Arabic on a felt collage. Each piece of the collage is a 2.5 cm square. It took me a month to make and was difficult to do because each piece was so small and also because I don’t speak Arabic and had to rely on the translation to understand what I was doing. In the end it was really worth it. My favorite is Al-Rahman, The Gracious, One Who shows mercy gratuitously and extensively to all creation without regard to effort or work.

Daily Prompt: Procrastinate

I haven’t been home for the last 3 years. Not even once since we moved to Dubai.

I always have an excuse. The electricity shutdowns are too much to bear in the heat, the winter is too cold and the security situation is terrible.

I haven’t met my only brother since then. His daughters are so much bigger now. They are even too shy to be seen on Skype.

What is the real reason for not wanting to go back? Am I too used to the comforts of a big house and a maid to do all the work? Will I be uncomfortable in my small house back home?  I’ve lived all my life there, why do the 12 hours a day electricity shutdowns and suicide bombings scare me now? Shouldn’t my son visit his own home and know his own country? He can’t even speak his mother tongue. Shouldn’t I have made more of an effort to teach him? When he speaks the few words he knows he sounds like a foreigner.

Should I plan a trip home in the next holidays? But…

We came to Dubai for a better life and now that we have it I don’t want to look back. If it’s not safe in my country, I don’t want my son to be put in any kind of danger or discomfort. Let me procrastinate a little longer.