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Yesterday I was back to doing acts of kindness from my home. I took the time to write a letter to a thirteen year old boy who lives in one of the SOS Children’s Villages in Congo, Dem.Rep. I wrote in French, which is a challenge for me, but I thought he might like to be able to read and understand his letter. There are so many things I wish I could buy and send him, but things disappear on their way to this African country. I’ve never heard that he has received any of the gifts I’ve sent. So this time I fit everything into the envelope. I know he really likes cartoons, and since I have some cartoon books in French I quite simply cut out some pages from one. So I sent a letter and ten pages of cartoon, Bill & Boule. I hope he gets it! 

I also wrote a letter to my two nephews. Since they live only an hour away, I don’t usually write them letters… But I think it is important to sometimes find a letter addressed to you when you are nine years old and equally important for a seven year old. My publisher sent me a packet of books from this season and among them, there were some children books. So I read them, and found one book that seemed great as light summer reading for the nine year old. The vacation is almost over, so it might be a good idea to do some reading after weeks of travelling and playing. I also found a book that I think his seven year old brother will like. My only concern is that the book illustration is done in pink, and that might be a problem… I still hope that he gets motivated by getting a letter and a book in the post, so that he reads it, regardless of a bit girly illustration.

Today we have had some work going on in our street. I don’t know what they are doing, but they were six men in orange work suits and some large and noisy equipment. When I was out to fetch my post, I heard one of my neighbours complaining to them about the noise. They looked so tired, and a bit frustrated while being yelled at as if they were small kids doing something wrong.. So an hour later I went back outside and offered them some cold beverages. To say that they were surprised would be a clear understatement 🙂

I’ve used most of the day to reorganize my walk – in closet. So now I’m going to donate four large sacks of nice clothes to an organisation which sell them for charity or distribute them among people that need new clothes.

On my way there I will also stop by a friend of mine with some cupcakes. I talked to her last night, and she was really frustrated by having too many relatives visiting them at the same time. Her complaint was that her daughter had asked her to bake cupcakes several days ago, and she hadn’t had the time or the energy to make the wish come true. So I thought I could do it for her. She doesn’t know that I’m coming, but I know she’ll appreciate the gesture.  My cupcakes turned out quite cute, don’t you think?