Sunday, February 13, 2005

Sunshine Crept Softly Though my Window Today

(I want music notes. Why aren't there little music notes on my computer keyboard?)

After 12 straight days of cold and rain and drizzle and more rain, today was finally sunny and warm. All of Pakistan celebrated by doing their laundry and hanging it over the balconies, on Mosque walls, on the fence of Fatima Jinnah Park.... everywhere you looked, there was shelvar-kameze flapping in the breeze. From mansions to mud huts, all were adorned with laundry. I celebrated by removing the sodden floor mats from the car, hosing them down and letting them dry in the sun. A few more sunny days are needed to completely dry the car's saturated carpeting.

We went to Crayons for lunch and she was wild with excitement. She had done lots of laundry and racks of adorable babywear greeted the girlies and I as we arrived on her 2nd floor varanda after our perilous climb up the narrow and rickety spiral staircase. The sunshine had totally lifted her spirits, thrown her into a fit of cleaning frenzy. She excitedly told us she had retired the electric blanket from the bed, thrown opened the windows to air the house and ripped the "fringy thingies" off the curtain valances. She was practically dancing on the ceiling. (Our post-luncheon conversation did include the warning signs of bi-polarism. We each tried to describe our higs and lows and what set them off.)

We all talked about what a long and cold winter we had had in Pakistan this year. Three dams burst from the unusually heavy winter rains, the mountain villages have had 15 feet of snow and now avalanches and mudslides are wiping out roads, bridges and villages. May God bless them all.

Hubby warned us that another rain system is moving in from Iran and our sunny days of 70 degree temps are short lived. I don't care, however. In 36 hours, I'll be in the "Land that Rain Forgot"- The UAE. We are winging it out to the land of sand and sunshine to check out property, conduct some family business.


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