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February 23, 2008


Filed under: the neighbours,Uncategorized — scotsabroad @ 8:27 pm

Today when me and the boys left to go to the supermarket Aml was proudly pushing a little plastic digger around outside the cafe. I stopped to congratulate him on his new toy. Cairo asked me whether it was his birthday but I said that I thought he had probably got a toy because his dad has a new job. Later, when Cairo had gone to a friend’s house, Lucas was asleep on the sofa and I was reading my book at the front door Aml appeared to show me that his digger was broken. I tried my best to fix it, offered him a banana (which he accepted) and then sat back down to read my book. There was silence whilst he ate and I read. I could then see him looking at me and he gave me one of his dazzling smiles. I tried to ignore this because I really wanted to read. Next thing? Aml lay down on the doorstep, closed his eyes and within seconds was fast asleep, pudgy little fist twitching with exhaustion. I left him for a good 30 minutes and then set off across to the cafe to tell his mother where he was. This was done in my very poor Arabic and a lot of miming. She hadn’t missed him! She came over, picked him up (still sound asleep) and took him home.



  1. What a heartbreaking description of little Aml. Dear little one.

    Enjoyed this blog and Andy’s one of the visit to the Valley of the Whales.

    Great stuff.

    Comment by Linda — February 24, 2008 @ 8:39 pm | Reply

  2. What a great world the Egyptians live in, kids are almost free and adults dont worry themselves senseless!!

    Comment by Gordon — March 7, 2008 @ 7:04 pm | Reply

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