Nadir the Trader

Isn’t it just wonderful when your child does even better than your expectations?

I put Nadir’s name to participate in a Young Traders event to be held locally. Each trader aged 5 to 13 years would have his/her stall where he/she could sell age appropriate merchandise. We decided to sell candy bags, popcorn and some of his old toys. I made the candy bags with felt, ribbon, glitter and more and they turned out very well. In all I made 17 of them, each different from the other. Nadir helped me to fill the bags and when he finished he got to taste the candy as well.

The only thing I was worried about was how long Nadir could sit at the stall. Being only 5 he would be among the youngest of the traders. I could give him a couple of hours maximum and after that I was sure he would be running around wanting to go somewhere else.

So today was the day. We arrived early and set up the stall. All ready to go!

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Nadir was just fantastic! He went up to people standing near his stall and asked them to buy his candy bags. He was polite yet persistent. He told them the price and showed them all his merchandise.

In 2 hours all his candy bags were sold out!

We packed up our stall and went home much to the surprise of the organizers!
Now it was time to relax and chill out with friends.
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Although it looks very romantic, the two of them holding hands and walking into the sunset, I do believe Nadir is telling the little girl about zombies!

A Little Something Extra

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We have recently moved to Bahrain and our new home is right at the back of a Golf Club. There’s an amazing restaurant there for pizzas and my son wants to go there every day. This evening we were exploring the golf course area and my nearly 5 year-old was insisting he knows how to play golf and that I should let him play. I pointed out to him the big sign that said “Members only allowed beyond this point” but of course someone who has not yet learned to read can always ignore such signs. I was still arguing with him when I looked up and saw the most gorgeous sky I’ve seen recently. I just had to take a photo or two. So I asked him to wait while I took out my phone to click away. That seemed to diffuse the situation and after I had finished he was already ready to go home.

In this photo you can see the club building on the left and the row of houses (one of which is mine) on the bottom right.

The close proximity to the club means that we have the gym, pool and restaurants just across the road (once we get membership) and although none of us plays golf (except Mr Smarty Pants who seems to think he does) we are really lucky to be located where we are.

Life will just be a little more adventurous.

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The (Un)necessary

This is my first post from my new home in Bahrain. We moved on the weekend so that my son could start school on Sunday. (Over here we have a  Friday/Saturday weekend). My son’s school is less than 5 minutes away by car which is really convenient for me especially because I am still finding my way around.

Our main shipment has not arrived yet and all we have is our beds, pots and pans and a plastic set of table and chairs. We can actually function with just these things and that gets me to think why do we have to pile up so many unnecessary things. We don’t even have a TV and nobody is missing it. My son has not asked even once about it. (He does keep asking when the new car will arrive though!)

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Of course we couldn’t function without the Internet so while the DSL broadband company was taking long to provide home services, we installed a Wifi Dongle with my laptop. So I’m online now and working on the same plastic table and chair that I ate dinner on.

When I went to my son’s school today with him for his orientation I had to complete some forms and they asked me for an emergency contact number if the parents could not be contacted. I couldn’t give them any because for the first time we have no close family here and it’s too early to make friends. I hope that we do make friends soon to make up for the absence of family. I am looking forward to it.