Saturday, September 16, 2006

Back to the Neglected Corner...

My summer, if I can call it that judging by its rapidity, was anything but special. With no job and studies, my days became drastically monotonous and unproductive and my nights gloomy. I felt rather lethargic and rewarded myself with plenty of sleep – oh yes, lots of it. And since the British weather is to blame for everything around here, I’d also like to blame my laziness and slothfulness over the past few months on its unpredictability. I’d also like to blame my lack of activity on this blog on the darned weather too. And while we are at it, might as well blame my series of unfortunate events, which I cannot at this juncture fully give an account of, on the weather too.

But this September, with the start of the school season, I have started a new job at a local Primary School - Bilingual Teaching Assistant – A rather rewarding job, I must admit and has kept the lethargy and laziness at bay. And with the number of Somalis in the school exceeding 45, the position is permanent and so far looks promising.

Working with children is in its self educational too, with their spontaneity, lack of pretension and childhood innocence that will warm the cockles of your heart. Especially the Somali children, who upon noticing that I am of Somali origin too, regard me as a parental figure whom they look up to with the same reverence they’d show their parents and relatives – they are more deferential towards me than the other teachers I noticed. Going very well so far, Alxamdullilah.

One other thing that is somewhat delightfully looming near is the start of university. I am looking forward to it for some reason – maybe it’s the few months of lack of any activity!.

4 comments:

Firefly said...

Hi Shafi,

How are you?

I remember those long, boring summer holidays. Too broke to go on holiday, too lazy to do anything else. Oh, how I miss them.

Am glad to see you posting again.

Firefly

Flower.of.Chaos said...

Salaams Shafi,

I'm really glad to see you posting again. Was wondering where you disappeared to... I imagined you must have gone to Somalia or something, perhaps even got hitched there.

Got an imagination. Good to know it wasnt that exciting :D

Shafi Said said...

Firefly, thank you for putting it bluntly. yes i was "Too broke to go on holiday, too lazy to do anything else". I just had to romanticize it a bit. ;)

Ubax of Jahawareer my intention was to go to Somalia initially, but that was unsuccessful. and as for getting hitched there, i certainly wouldn't mind!

I do apologize for the rather long vacation i took - back to business it is now!

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