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End of Summer gift

Today turned out to be a perfect end of Summer day. Cycled downtown without the need for a coat. Had lunch with a friend. Cycled home. Sat down for five minutes. Cycled to the local flower shop to get some flowers for our neighbours who got married today. Concluded that I couldn’t bike back holding the flowers including vase. Called the Man to pick up the flowers by car. Handed over the vase. Had an ice cream while watching kids play with the water pump next to the library. Cycled home. Sat down with tea, crisps and a book while the Man is drilling wholes in the wall for a Picasso (print).

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Door |2021-09-18T17:44:50+02:0018 september 2021|deze dag|0 Reacties

Read: The Other Afghan Women

Even though headlines try to convince us otherwise, conflict or war is never simple. There is no simple answer to who is right and who is wrong, especially in conflict riddled Afghanistan. I know very little about the country’s history, therefore it was perhaps even more insightful to listen to this article called The Other Afghan Women, written by Anand Gopal. I never knew about those other women. Their stories probably didn’t make headlines, because those stories don’t confirm the Western storyline of being saviours and victors. I’m glad Gopal wrote their stories down for me and you to read.

The Taliban takeover has restored order to the conservative countryside while plunging the comparatively liberal streets of Kabul into fear and hopelessness. This reversal of fates brings to light the unspoken premise of the past two decades: if U.S. troops kept battling the Taliban in the countryside, then life in the cities could blossom. This may have been a sustainable project—the Taliban were unable to capture cities in the face of U.S. airpower. But was it just? Can the rights of one community depend, in perpetuity, on the deprivation of rights in another? In Sangin, whenever I brought up the question of gender, village women reacted with derision. “They are giving rights to Kabul women, and they are killing women here,” Pazaro said. “Is this justice?” Marzia, from Pan Killay, told me, “This is not ‘women’s rights’ when you are killing us, killing our brothers, killing our fathers.” Khalida, from a nearby village, said, “The Americans did not bring us any rights. They just came, fought, killed, and left.”

From: The Other Afghan Women, Anand Gopal, The New Yorker

Door |2021-09-14T14:45:12+02:0014 september 2021|flow, vrouw|0 Reacties

Happiness is

When your newly wed uncles pay you a visit in their wedding suits, because you fell ill just before their wedding and therefore missed the party. You eat cake and dinner together and end the day with a with a disco party. Daughter was very happy.

Door |2021-09-05T09:08:29+02:005 september 2021|deze dag|1 Reactie

Unexpected garden occupant

I didn’t spend a lot of time outside this (mostly wet) Summer, so gardening wasn’t high on my priority list. At our garden stairs, many plants took advantage of the absence of hunans. Many animals then took advantage of the abundance of young leaves growing everywhere. Snails, woodlice and baby toads mainly. But also this tiny creature. Total length under 10 cm. I had no idea we were hosts to this lovely thing.

P.S.: although I cleared a lot, there is still plenty of space left for tiny inhabitants of our garden to take refuge. Still a messy garden, but one that we now can walk through as well without crushing plants and animals underneath our feet. A lovely warm week ahead.

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Door |2021-09-03T19:40:56+02:003 september 2021|deze dag|0 Reacties
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