We are having a good weather spell at the moment, it really does feel like spring after one of the coldest winters in many years, the kids have been enjoying using the skateboard and their scooters in the park, as for me I hardly got the energy to run around with them, just about sit on the bench and watch them play, it must be my age!
Yesterday I took Amir to his first Taekwondo lesson, he wasn't sure about it but after the lesson he said he enjoyed it so much and will inshaAllah continue with lessons every Tuesday, the training is given by a very friendly Afghani guy at a local community centre and is completely free, paid by the local council and you only pay a small amount of money for the uniform, most of the kids were Arab boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 16, I wonder how many of their parents slag off the British system while at the same time enjoy all the free benefits this country offers them, including teaching their children self defence? unfortunately many people in this country and in this case I am mainly talking about Muslims who do nothing but criticise Britain and its system! while they sit on their big bottoms all day long doing nothing but watching crap TV and eating, no wonder so many are so unhealthy and over weight, yet they have no shame in getting every penny the benefit system allows them to have, even vouchers to get free milk for their kids, many cheat the system to make sure they get the maximum amount of money while at the same time they think of themselves as devout good Muslims and keep lecturing the rest of us about what is Haram and what is Halal, this has gone too far with almost all every day things are becoming Haram, I wonder where it will stop! perhaps soon we will be told that breathing English air is Haram, God help us.
While I was sitting inside the community centre waiting for Amir to finish his lesson, this old English gentleman came over and said hello, he asked why I was there and I told him about Amir, then he told me that he trains young boys to play football in this centre, he has been doing it for over 40 years, he is 79 years old, still very fit and was a delight to talk to, he chatted to me for the next hour, told me about his life since he was born in Paddington in London and how he fought the Germans during world war 2, he even told me about the members of his family that died during the war, his story was very fascinating, a living history, during all of this he never sat down once or was out of breath, I felt ashamed of my self for being so unfit compared to this nice man, he only stopped talking when Amir finished his lesson, I thanked him and told him that I wish to have the opportunity to listen to his interesting stories again and soon, I look forward to that.