Mit dir, nicht ohne dich – With, not without, you


Eman is illiterate. In fact, he has never seen the inside of a classroom before coming to Germany. For him, acquiring a new language while struggling with learning to write for the first time presents a special challenge, particularly at his age (he is 50).  Unfortunately, he is the only Afghan student in the current group and although he can communicate with the Arab speakers to some extent, this is not enough for more complex issues.

On his own, he can bring me to the end of my patience on occasion.  He has a big problem with understanding instructions, often he doesn’t understand the tasks set. Instead of reading instructions, he copies them.  Instead of answering questions, he repeats them.  Instead of filling in blanks, he squashes the whole sentence in the small spaces.  Yet, I can see how hard he works and tries.  He is also good humoured most…

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Of Embroidering, Knitting, Crocheting… and Working


I really like my job. Some years ago I made a choice, and I really chose my job. I am a teacher. Before this, I had worked in two factories, in the export sales offices. Maybe I could have had the chance to climb the ladder, or not because I am always a woman and, all around the world, women seem to always have to make a choice: family or a really good paid job. Anyway, I don’t want to talk about it now.

The fact is: I would like to push the ‘pause’ button. Unfortunately, I have so many hobbies and I miss them. I like embroidering, knitting, crocheting, reading books… Maybe I was born in a different era and then I was ‘time moved’ to 2018. When I was in the High school, I was considered a little bit strange, due to the fact that I so much loved those (so considered) feminine/ladies’ pastimes. wool-480550_1920

To be honest, I used to so envy those women that could keep on knitting or everything else. And this because of their wealthy conditions, mainly. They don’t need to go to work, they have the possibility to stay home and knit and read as much as they want.

But now, I wouldn’t really give up my job or my personal independence, even if I don’t earn a huge salary. Only, I am so tired, that I would like a year off, where I could devote my time to my hobbies. It would be so nice to wake up in the morning and knit. The next morning create a new curtain. And so on. But with the certainty that after book-1760998_1280one year of rest I would go back to my beloved working world.

I am only a bit tired.