No offense Game of Thrones fans, couldn’t resist using that as my title when it is so apt for my post today. Well…I think it is anyway.
Those of you who have been reading my posts through October know that I joined a group of women as part of the Learn and Serve initiative. Well, I’ve finally completed what I set out to do early last month and I feel good. Plus, for me it was delightful (no other way to describe it) to watch absolute novices go from not knowing how to make a chain on their crochet hook to finishing sixty inch long mufflers complete with tassels! Some of the women even want to move on to making caps. I am not even their teacher but I still feel proud of them.
I don’t have photos of their work, so you’ll have to make do with just mine. For now.
The temperature is falling here in Bahrain and the days are growing shorter. Just in time for winter, we’ve completed our project and hopefully will bring a little warmth to those who need it most this season. Did I mention I feel good? 🙂
October went by and I managed to post everyday. Yay!!
Today, I spent more than a few hours watching TV shows and thought that after 31 days of posting, I needed a day off from my blog. Turns out, I need to post one more thing before I can…
Thank you to two people in particular, Deepthi and Simi who read Emily before I thought it was ready for…well…for anyone else to read. Deepthi has read even my initial 500 word draft and Simi spent hours of her time editing and offering helpful suggestions when I sent her my final draft.
Thank you to friends who read Emily from beginning to end and sent me encouragement regularly as I posted her journey on my blog. When I first wrote the story I intended to try and have it published. But after re-reading it a million times I decided against it and posted it chapter by chapter here instead. Thanks to all the positive feedback, I now believe I can actually write another long story and hopefully all of you will have it on your shelf in the near future.
It’s everywhere. That hashtag. I saw it up as a friend’s status on Facebook. I made it my own a few seconds later. That was yesterday. Today, a very large percentage of the women on my list of friends have the same or a variant of it as their status.
I look at those stupid buttons that Facebook has developed to react to things and I don’t know what to click.
Like? No, I don’t like that it happened to you too. That you are part of the population that has to take part in a movement like this. I don’t like that at all.
Love? That’s what I’m sending you because you’re my sister in this. It was you yesterday. It was me the day before. It could be her tomorrow if we don’t do something.
That amazed button? Because I’m in shock that you too have experienced what I have.
Tears? Because there was no one to protect you when it happened, like there was no one to protect me.
Anger? Because the nature of the issue is such that no one is spared. No one is safe. No one.
I don’t know how to react. All I do know is that it’s time sexual harassment and assault – to whatever degree – is taken seriously.
October is shaping up to be a good month for me. First it was the experience of the Jazz Festival and now, being part of the learn and serve initiative.
Learn and Serve has been around for a while now. Since its inception, every year groups of women get together to learn how to knit or crochet. Quick and simple projects like scarves and beanies are chosen. The finished product is distributed among construction workers as well as among people in cancer wards just before winter sets in here in Bahrain.
It’s a great cause and yesterday I was able to attend my first session. The lovely ladies who attended it with me are in the picture.
Now, I’m not exactly a beginner. I first picked up a crochet hook when I was pregnant with my little one, in 2015. I had this idea in my head that I would bond so much better with her if I had made blankets and mittens and little bonnets for her myself. So, before her arrival I managed to make two little blankets and a few amigurumi toys. Once tiny made her appearance though, my hook, much like all other aspects of my life became neglected and I only picked it up again when I wanted to make a graphgan of Jimi Hendrix for the husbands birthday last year. (His birthday is coming around again in a couple of weeks and that graphgan is…well…perhaps I can give it to him as a Christmas present this year!) Anyhow…
Am so glad that I decided to stop being lazy and to be a part of Learn and Serve this year. Hopefully, the cap that I’m making will keep someone nice and warm in the cold winter months ahead.
Come back tomorrow to find out what happened to Emily after her wedding ceremony. To read all that has happened to Emily so far, click here.
Post 11 of 31 of the UBC this month. Nearly at the halfway mark! Closer and closer to completion I get everyday! Yay!