I was able to stay with my family for a while and spend some real time with them rather than just a flying visit ! I was OVER THE MOON :)))))) - Our time together was brilliant - I learned all my family' s names - "talked" with Adnan and the girls about the photos I had brought - and took a "million" more :D ....sat with Abna in the sand " talking " about shoe sizes for the children and explaining the contents of the first aid kit - shared sweets , biscuits , working out how many months it will be before my next visit and just chatted - it was just BRILLIANT ! Through it all Armani (the oldest girl of my family ) never let go of my hand ! Where ever I was she was by my side ! - It was lovely spending this special time with my family as I also learned more about the children's characters - which is really nice !
At some point a chair was brought for me but poor Chris needed it more on that day - he was tired from driving and the heat was getting to him a bit ! When Connie and Nagar came back after their visit to another family - we were offered freshly made peach juice made with the water I had bought for my family ! - I really enjoyed it and it made Chris feel a lot better too :))))
The day had been sooo fantastic but then Connie surprised me with another suggestion !!!! :)))) - How would I feel taking the children school uniform shopping the next day ???? - How would I feel ?????:)))))) I can't even begin to describe how I felt ! CHUFFED TO BITS !!!! :)))
The fact that all the girls wanted to go to school ( Adnan is already attending school ) - made me feel really happy - as I believe that education is ultimately the key to a better future .... So after saying our good bye's I left with a happy heart and a smile on my face knowing I would be able to spend more time with my family the next day !!!!
The school uniform shopping trip is another story - but a very successful one ;) ! Adnan , Armani , Nermine and Sara now have a whole new school uniform , ties , shoes and school bags - Adnan's school bag has the Liverpool logo on by the way ( chosen with a smile on her face by his mum ) - his belt also chosen by his mum - was chosen by her because it had my name on it or sort of ( my friends call me Reggie - the name on the belt is Regi ) so pretty close ;) still it is a nice belt ;) x
We all had a fantastic time and we truly cherished our time together ! But time soon came when Chris and I had to head back to Hurghada ...
Saying good bye wasn't easy after such a happy and exciting time - looking into sad little faces , that were only just beginning to understand we had to go , was difficult - hugs from the children - Abna squeezed my hand for a long time and kissed it over and over again , saying something I didn't understand - I told her it is ok and no need - instead I hugged her and told her as before : Ana haetschi taeni - wad ! I will come back - I promise ! - and this time I am sure they understood and KNOW in their hearts that this will be so ....
Last time I was the Lady who buys the chickens - now I am Reggie , family friend ;) x I am proud to have been able to connect with such a wonderful little family ! Thanks to Little Stars and Connie and Nagar this was made possible - and I will be forever grateful !!!!! Thanks also to my lovely dear friend Chris who always ensures a safe trip ;) !!!!
Love to you all - until January ! inshaAllah x Reggie Widd. – September 2012
Egypt is in dire need of help and all the work done by Little Stars really does make a difference to many lives.