Saturday eve… September 19th…
flying from Damman International to Vancouver International
Our base camp will be the seaside town of Gibsons
on The Sunshine Coast of BC
…a 40 minute ferry ride from Vancouver
I’ll be posting… from time to time
over the coming month…
due back in saudiland on October 21st
Thanksgiving Day is a holiday…
to give thanks for the blessings in one’s life,
particularly the harvest…
linked to the European tradition of harvest festivals.
I’m in it… for the Pumpkin Pie… ~;D
I’ve been researching After Care options…
and much to my delight…
did discover a Peer Support Group that meets in Sechelt
I just happen to be going home for Thanksgiving…
and look forward to dropping in… in October
Our crazy quiet days of summer…
have been usurped
with a bout of maintenance projects
in our very backyard!
‘THEY’ are sandblasting
the neighbourhood slum!
I’ve got a sore head!!!
The sound is deafening…
Time to ‘blow this pop stand’ … 🙂
This post follows yesterday’s post
An excerpt from The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul
Ahmet, the son of the landlady, is standing guard at the blue gate…
in the wall surrounding the coffee shop.
“Ahmet never stopped to talk or ask questions, and he didn’t use a metal
detector, like the fancy restaurants.
But he had what he considered the surest method for safety clearance.
He never failed to look into the eyes of the customers,
because they reflected deeper truths than any momentary feelings
of impatience or hunger or disappointment.
The eyes of a man betrayed his heart.
Even with a smile, the evil man’s eyes were as hard and shallow
as a dry riverbed;
even with a furrowed brow, the eyes of a good man were deep.
In the Koran, the eyes were
the gateway to the mind.
‘You will see’ in the Koran meant ‘to know’;
‘thine heart and thine eyes’ referred to
your feelings and your thoughts…
as Ahmet has been taught since he was a young boy in school.”
( Chapter 5: pages 41-42 )
I am located at THE BLUE DOT on the Persian Gulf Coast of Saudi Arabia
Kabul is located under THE RED BALLOON
A West Coast Canadian woman
posted to Saudi Arabia in 2004…
I lived in Riyadh for 7 years
& moved to Al-Khobar in 2011.
I wish to share with you…
my sense of this land & its people
through a journal of my daily life…
as a resident ExPat 'housewife'.
‘Marhaba’… (Arabic for Welcome)