I am so sorry Dunia, it has been a while I know and I have no real excuse except one valid reason; my health has not been great but let us not dwell on that and let me update you on everything.
September is always a positively weird month, a big part of me loves it as it is the start of autumn; my favourite season and best time of the year (nothing to do with the fact that I am autumn born), it is the time when new things start, children and students begin new academic year, natural surroundings start their new cycle of change and there is a smell of fresh beginnings in the air. When September spells the end of summer, it means the departure of my niece and nephew back to their home in Dubai, UAE. Every year the same anguish of saying goodbye but this year it was particularly hard, not sure of the reason but I guess having them around for a whole two months, spending all my time playing, talking, going out and doing various activities throughout the day with them was not just a fun filled period for me, but it also provided a sense of purpose for my day. I had the responsibility of two young children, who needed entertaining and nurturing, while it was a big challenge but it was also an opportunity to escape my usual world and discover that I have a lot to give.
No, no, no Dunia this is not my maternal side because to be honest I have never had that urge to be a mother or get excited when I see babies, does that make me cold? I don’t think I am, it is just a feeling I was never born with and contrary to the popular belief, not every woman has to be a mother. I am digressing and this is a big topic that I will talk to you about in another post, for now back to my niece and nephew.
For almost 9 weeks, my whole day revolved around these two little souls, I would be woken up by them and would both get in bed with me, then they would listen to stories that I invent for them and after a while we start playing and singing. Breakfast was always a time for us to sit together which often resulted in a fight over who should sit next to me, and that was the theme of the day; them arguing over who loves me more and who should play with me. I loved sitting with them, teaching them everything that I know, trying to instill principals and moral values inside them, and talking to them like friends. I have never felt so wanted and loved as I do with these two beautiful angels, I entered a world of purity and unconditional affection and so I left or distanced myself from my usual surroundings.
I also got to learn a lot from these two little munchkins, I now know what and how to take a ‘selfie’ thanks to my smart niece, discovered who are ‘One Direction’ (not a great thing as I had to endure their music on repeat throughout the day), I got to know who are skylanders (Xbox figures), and the great book series of Dork diaries. I feel so blessed to have them in my life yet so sad at their departure, we clung to each other in tears and were given a ‘pinky promise’ that they will never forget their best friend and aunt and will skype me regularly.
My 4-year-old nephew also assured me that he will come every weekend, return for my birthday and will keep coming until I grow up and start walking then I will have to go and visit him. Hahaha this is what I will miss most, the innocence that visits me during summer. Nighty my Dunia, I am getting a bit teary.