to my diary. My name is Esther and I am two years old. I was born
in Egypt and I like living here very much. Mummy and Daddy have
helped me to write this diary of a typical week.
Sunday is our family day, where we spend the whole
day together and Mummy and Daddy aren't allowed to do any work.
On this particular Sunday we went to a hotel in a place called
Maadi which is a 40 minute drive away. It is a long drive in the
heat but at the end of it we had a nice swim in the hotel's swimming
pool. Later we had a meal. Everyone else ate barbequed meat but
I just preferred to eat chips. On the way back I went to sleep
in the car and it took ages for me to get to sleep at bedtime.
On Monday I went to the supermarket. The supermarket
which we go to is a 20 minute drive away but Mummy and Daddy
say that it has lots of variety. I used to go in the trolley
in the child's seat but now I prefer to get under Mummy and
Daddy's feet. We often take two trolleys now, one to put Lydia
in with her car seat, and another for the shopping.
Tuesday started like any other day - me and Hannah woke up Mummy
so she could get our breakfast. Daddy had his usual lie-in and
got up ages after everyone else. In the afternoon Daddy asked
if we would like to go to a place called Medeenit Salaam (City
of Peace). Here Daddy talks to children who live on the street
during the day, but three times a week they can go to a special
school started by Daddy's friend. After we arrived we were surrounded
by lots of children who spoke to us in Arabic; I tried to ignore
them all but one girl picked me up and carried me round. I decided
that being carried everywhere wasn't so bad. She showed me the
work they had been doing with Daddy, it looked very interesting.
Wednesday is our day to see Fadia. She is Daddy and Hannah's Arabic
teacher but she calls us her grandchildren. (I'm not sure what
our real grandparents will think of that). Daddy dropped us off
in the car in the morning and Hannah had her lesson while I played.
After Hannah's lesson finished we played together whilst Fadia
gave a lesson to someone else. At lunchtime Fadia made some nice
Egyptian food for me and Hannah. The Egyptians eat a lot of bread
and rice but I like ALL food anyway. Fadia is always talking to
us in Arabic but she seems to understand when I talk back in English.
Later in the Afternoon Daddy picked us up again and we went and
told Mummy what we did. She also tells us what she did too, apparently
she can get a lot more done around the flat when we are not around
but I don't quite understand why.
On Thursday Hannah and I had a great time playing in the
flat. Part of Hannah's school work is to do a project on teddy
bears, so we thought it would be a good idea to have a teddy
bear's picnic at teatime. We put the picnic blanket in the
middle of the floor and we each brought one teddy bear with
us to share the picnic. Mummy and Daddy were quite lazy because
they got other people called Pizza Hut to bring the picnic,
but it was nice anyway.
Friday is the day we go to church in Egypt. Mummy always seems
to be in a rush to get us ready in the morning and we always
seem to rush out of our flat to the car with Daddy telling us
to hurry up. We usually get there just in time. After the singing
Daddy took me to the creche where I played with other children,
and Mummy took Hannah to the Sunday school whilst she fed Lydia.
After Church we usually eat out somewhere. This time we went
to Arby's and I had chips for lunch.
In the morning Hannah and I played together while Mummy and
Daddy got ready for a meeting. We continued Hannah's teddy bear
theme by making our very own teddy bear masks. My eyes holes
were too far apart so I could only look out of one eye. Later
we played a game where Mummy hid our teddy bears in our bedroom
and we had to find them again. That was really good fun. I tried
to hide the teddy bears myself but everyone found them very
quickly. We had lunch at the meeting with friends from around
Cairo. I later played a lot with Schuyler, who is three years
old. He is a boy so he likes to play with cars and water pistols.