When I was very young living in Tripoli, we had an American family living next door to us, I remember just before Christmas they used to ask me and my brothers to come and help them decorate their Christmas tree which we used to like and really look forward to doing and I remember at Christmas there would be presents for us under the tree, they were such a lovely family. Now it seems the same is happening to my children, this weekend the neighbours asked me if I mind bringing my children over to help decorate the tree, I was delighted becuase I knew my kids would love to do that.
So they went over and they put some decorations on the tree and they made these cardboard stars with the neighbours names written on them with a glitter pen in Arabic which the neighbours thought is very cool!
After the tree was ready, the neighbours put all the presents they bought under the tree, the kids were delighted to see their names on some of the presents, I promised them that I would take them over on boxing day.
Do you remeber my story about the mouse?
Yesterday I went to visit the same friend, he told me that his cat (Chicken) had brought in 3 mice on Saturday, 2 of them were dead but the third was still alive and he managed to save it and out it in a plastic box as you can see in the picture below, anyway he brought the box to show me how cute the mouse is because I kept telling him to just put them out in the garden and that they were virmin and dirty, as he opened the box the mouse was lying down on an old sock and it did look cute! and it did look very dead as well, of course he was not happy that the mouse died so he took the box to the front door, picked up the mouse by its tail to throw it in the rubbish bin then a miracle! the mouse moved, I heard him laughing so I went over to find him very happy and holding the mouse in his hand, still it did not look very well.
He thought it might be dehydrated so he tried to put water on its mouth, the mouse was moving a bit but mainly just lay on his hand not attempting to do anything.
He eventually put the mouse back in its box and put the box away.
I saw him this morning in the street, I asked him how the mouse was? IT IS DEAD!
He told me few weeks ago he did the same with a mouse but then he had forgotten about it for few days, when he remembred, he opened the box and found the mouse as dry as an autumn leaf.
One more thing, I was checking Chatalaine's blog yesterday and found a pleasant surprise, she had made a Video/Slideshow of how Tripoli used to be I think back in the 60's, I really enjoyed the show, many places I recognised (I left Libya in 1980), check it out, its on YouTube as well.
I am still having problems commenting on some blogs, I know it is affecting many of you as well, some of my comments appear twice or even more sometimes and I can not delete them, sorry about that, I even commented on Trabilsia's latest post, it appeared twice but on her post it shows 0 comments!