Random but not really random thoughts

My friends, NYC has officially become the new San Francisco, my alternative favorite city on the other side of the coast. So it appears! When I left home this morning, I was wearing a heavy sweater (afraid that it was gonna be bad); when I came back in the afternoon, I had to take it off and just had my shirt on.


Really, what’s going on? I feel like going for biking in Central Park, just like summer days. The weather is that good!! It looks as if a fresh spring morning, not the usual winter day that smacks your face with snowstorm and attacks your fingers with a freaking frost bite! Am lovin’ it! No, am not advertising for McDonald’s! Am turning vegan come 2013 or maybe 2015, okay never mind, I love chicken—homemade chicken, like the one my mom makes!

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Today is one of my favorite Saturdays! I spent the morning volunteering for this amazing organization that helps kids in NYC schools succeed academically! Now one of my dreams is to replicate this program in my hometown, and in other towns and cities in Ethiopia—InshAllah, I will make it happen! It’s the coolest and smartest way to give back to your community!

Helping the young elementary and middle school kids and their parents learn about computers and educational games on computers just made my day, and reminded me of my elementary days when we used to get super hyper whenever an out of towner came to visit and/or to share something cool with us—the sad thing is that such events not often happen when you are in a small town like the one I grew up in. Ah, anyway, I loved seeing the kids getting super excited about their new computers—yes, the organization not only teaches children and their families basic computer skills, but it also donates desktop PCs that have anti-computer viruses and cool educational softwares loaded on them. The kids come from working class (low income or poor) families who may not afford buying such computers. Other helpful academic resources are also found on the organization’s website, which I recommend to anyone who has children who are either in elementary, middle school, or high school.

It was such a rewarding experience, and I plan on volunteering more! Some of the families are recent immigrants from different parts of the world such as Senegal, Pakistan, Mali, Honduras, China, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, etc; and some of the parents don’t speak English at all so seeing the pre-teen kids translating what was being said to their parents really touches your heart. I met very nice, exciting volunteers too. And oh, yeah, I had breakfast, lunch, and was given free T-shirt that has the organization’s logo on it! How cool is that? I didn’t expect these additional rewards, but that was awesome, I like being surprised! πŸ˜€

Cheers,

Hope you enjoy your Saturday!

PS: moments like this make me feel high. And I blabber too much.

So my apology in advance. πŸ˜‰

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11 thoughts on “Random but not really random thoughts

  1. It sure is a beautiful Saturday.
    and am happy for you that you had a warm day temperature wise
    and cool day reward wise πŸ˜€

    volunteering is cool… and I can feel how much you have enjoyed it.
    and what a good cause … empowering the society through ICTs
    wish you guys all the best.

    and ah … now i am curious. you said you wanted to replicate similar programs in ur country!
    are you going back soon? or even at all? [just a curious george question, no need for an answer πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜› ]

    As for my staruday – it was spent at the beach enjoying moodhu with my kids, sister & nephews πŸ™‚

    1. Shukriya mon amie! πŸ™‚ Yes volunteering is cool, one way of creating your own happiness. πŸ™‚ Seeing other people happy makes my heart jump up and down excitedly. It’s one of my I feel good moments. πŸ˜€ My favorite Abraham Lincoln’s quote really makes so much sense: when I do good, I feel good. πŸ™‚ Not to brag, but who wouldn’t feel good?? πŸ˜€ That’s what we live for. We love it when others do good for us, we love it too when we do good for others. Sure we have to be humble about it and all … but it’s nice to share stories like this because that way you can also encourage others to do the same. πŸ™‚

      I sure have plans to go back home; if not soon, later. πŸ™‚ But, as they say, home is where your heart is. So wherever my heart takes me that will be my home too, no doubt—I truly believe in that. πŸ™‚ Ideally the earth is my home, but, “thanks” to the borders and passports, I cannot fully claim it. 😦

      Am so glad you had a wonderful moodhu day! πŸ˜€ That’s sweet! I can’t wait to indulge myself in that kind of moodhu! πŸ˜† Living close to the water, as much as it can be a curse, is such a blessing. πŸ˜‰

      1. Goodness me πŸ˜€
        your feel good moment sure is loud, fun and really gooood.
        i was listening to “yey dhooriyan” such a nice soothing song when I clicked on
        your “I feel good” link above πŸ˜† and my eardrums blasted and my earphones almost popped out πŸ˜€
        now I FEEL GOOD πŸ™‚

      2. LOL … joining the feel good club, eh! πŸ˜‰ I love that song. And the stickman animation is very hilarious. πŸ˜€ I just listened to your song, I see the transition can be rough! πŸ˜†

  2. so cool to see bloggers taking part in such events!…i wish i had knew about this…i would def have made plans for it. I love nyc. and helping…a good feeling never costs any money.

  3. That is awesome, Elyas! What a wonderful thing to do….helping others. I love how you described the kids….translating for their parents…so sweet. And getting so excited!
    It sounds like a great program. I’m going to visit the site. I wish I lived closer~I’d love to work at it too.

    I think it’s fantastic that you want to replicate this program in your hometown and in other places in Ethiopia. What a nice post to read tonight. I have a big smile on my face! πŸ˜‰

    1. PS…we have 5″ of snow on the ground…today (Monday) was 28 F degrees. And Surprise! tonight on the news they are predicting a high of 51 F for tomorrow!
      What? :=)

      1. Thank you Judy! Volunteering is fun! πŸ™‚

        We are expecting a major snowstorm next week! πŸ˜€ Woohoo … it has been such a nice weather lately that people almost forgot it’s winter. So it will b fun to be reminded it aint summer! πŸ˜€

  4. You described New York so well it, almost, made me want to go back. No – I changed my mind. I know it’s a temporary thing. I am glad that you did get a little respite from the grey doldrums and freezing cold tempts of the big city. I remember traveling by subway in those cold tempts and wishing I could see light of day and a little warmth peaking through somewhere. I guess I paid my dues and now I can enjoy paradise. I hope the days continue to stay warmer because – who says New York has to be cold. If the planet shifts you might have my weather and I yours …. lolol
    volunteering is sadi to be one of the best ways for people to give back for the fortunate things that have happened in their lives. Children are always in need of mentors. I think what you are doing is very commendable. But – I would not expect anything less from someone who can write so many emotionally sensitive poems. Very nice, Elyas … smiling at your generosity.
    I guesss I missed the Saturday fun day … my day today – Wednesday – is filled with sunshine; blue skies; birds singing and a soothing cup of mate tea. I’m happy with that.
    It’s a Beautiful Day ..
    Isadora

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