12 Jul

From a few months after arriving in the Land of Sand when our little people looked like this…

until now, when they look like this…

we have had a regular Monday afternoon playdate. The group has changed over the years with friends coming and going and siblings being welcomed in with great joy and excitement. Other than a 5 month break we took in South Africa, the core group of Ahmet, Hansi and Luka has remained steadfast. Dana (far left in the above photo) and her sweet baby sister, Noor, have been a wonderful addition to the friendship circle over the last few months. The group has always remained small as our houses cannot accommodate large numbers of children and our sanity at the same time! The Mum’s are a tight and very supportive group I shall miss them dearly when we leave.


I was informed by Sara, Dana’s mum, yesterday that Luka’s final playdate with the group would be taking place in the compound nursery school. We’ve had a severe sandstorm over the last few days and it has left a thick layer of dust everywhere, making playing outside very unpleasant (for the Mum’s mostly) so the nursery sounded like a good venue.

As Luka and I walked into the nursery yesterday afternoon we were greeted by shouts of SURPRISE! Our dear friends had organised an amazing Lightning McQueen themed Ma’asalama (farewell in Arabic) for Luka

with a HUGE ‘Lightning’ cake, party hats, fun crockery, and a host of children that live in the compound in attendance.

Esra and Eman even hauled out the face paint and swiftly got to work transforming a long line of wild children into wild animals.

I think that the gorgeous Sara, was the chief party planner although she would not let on. She let me take a few pics of her though. She is a beauty both inside and out.

We were completely blow away by the generosity, creativity and super secret-keeping skills that we witnessed yesterday.  Thank you, again, ladies.

Esra and Ahmet;  Helena,  Hansi and Astrid; Sara, Dana and Noor…thank you for your amazing friendship. You shall be sorely missed by both Luka and I.


3 Responses to “Surprise!”

  1. sara July 14, 2011 at 5:31 am #

    Thanks a lot for your beautiful, kind words. Your friendship means a lot to me. You’ve been a great friend to all of us. I learned a lot from you in the past few months; it’s a shame that I didn’t have the privilege of being your friend earlier.
    Philippa, you are such a talented, pretty, amazing person… you have been an inspiration to me…I don’t usually say that, but you are definitely one.
    It’s a shame for us that you are leaving, but it doesn’t mean that it’s the end to our beautiful friendship…
    You haven’t seen the last of me yet 😉
    Wish you all the best in your future life  you will be missed.

    • dustbusting July 14, 2011 at 6:06 am #

      Awww, Sara. There you go making me cry.
      Thank you Habibti!

      • Helette July 14, 2011 at 8:53 am #

        So so true! I could not have said it any better, Philippa has a way of sneeking very deep into your heart!! I, on the other hand, am sooooo happy that I’ll be seeing my friend again , even if it will probably only be for a little while…. Travel safe, can’t wait to see you all xxx

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