Friday, 8 October 2010
He has covered a huge area and hundreds of villages.
The week started fairly well but it would seem that people just aren't buying anything these days. They don't have money...I know how they feel...it's a sign of the times isn't it?
He has established that some villages have still not received payment for the produce they have harvested and this should happen in a couple of weeks, so he thinks he is perhaps a little early and that business will pick up.
At the moment we are spending money on fuel for the car and for the last two days he has sold nothing. As usual he remains optimistic while I just worry. Well one of us has to! I wish I could be more like him with his laidback attitude to life and the belief that everything will be fine... that it's all in the hands of Allah and he will take care of us.
And talking of Allah (or God) and religion. Mr A and I have never discussed it in almost 13 years together. But a couple of weeks ago we were having a conversation and I expressed my views and he said he would never have married me if he had thought that I didn't believe in God. Well I was a bit upset at this remark at first until he went on to explain what he really meant. He said that if the subject had come up when we first met, then maybe he wouldn't have considered getting to know me better. But he doesn't regret not knowing because he is glad that he married me. So that's OK then...no imminent divorce on the grounds of not believing!
Religion came up in conversation with FIL whilst he was here. He is a deeply religious man..he attends mosque regularly, and even when he doesn't he stops to pray at the correct times. It's hard to explain to someone like this that you don't believe, that it's the way in which different religions have been in conflict for centuries that has caused me to feel this way. However he did agree with me when I said that I felt quite strongly that the praying was not so important as the way people lead their lives. You can lead an honest and unselfish life, always caring for others, without being religious.
I've just surprised myself by writing the previous two paragraphs...because I rarely get into any discussion about religion. It's a personal issue as far as I am concerned. I respect people for their beliefs, and accept that it must be a great comfort at times to have this belief, but I hope that people respect my views too.
And that's enough on the subject I think!
I've been hunting around for cheap flights. I desperately want to see my daughter and grandson sometime soon. I finally found flights with Pegasus to go to England on 20th November. Just for 8 days...but better than nothing. Of course I can't afford it...but sometimes there are more important things in life than money. I can't wait!