Saturday, June 30, 2007
That was the last time Elishba and Ishaaq saw each other--four and a half years ago. Roshini and I had been praying for some time that we would be able to have the whole family together this year. We're so glad that God has enabled that.
Elishba and Joe arrived on June 29th night. Pam and Dave came over to see Elishba and Joe. They met Joe for the first time. After their visit, we went out for lunch and a drive around so that Elishba could see live kangaroos in the wild and she did!
Ishaaq teased Elishba all the time. Says he has to make up for four and a half years of not being able to tease her.
We went Ru and Anand's for lunch, to spend time with Usha and Appu. Ishaaq worked from "home" by bringing his laptop along and using the study where Anand was also working from home. Ru had to go to office since she is the Financial Controller for YMCA Victoria and since it was the end of year had to go in to office and we were able to see her only in the evening when she returned from work
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
On Monday, June 25th, evening Roshini went with Pam, Jessica's mother, to see "Menopause The Musical." It was created by Florida woman, Jeanie Linders, after a bottle of wine and "a hot flush" when she muttered "Why didn't my mother tell me about this?" Roshini and Pam went with other women from the church to enjoy a humourous show about what used to be a most unfunny topic.
The show featured four characters – an ex-hippie earth mother, a high-powered executive, a conservative country mouse, and an ageing soap star – have little in common apart from their time of life. But they find sisterhood and solidarity in their common menopausal sufferings.
The show is set in a large department store where the women fight over sale lingerie, have beauty treatments and make desperate unscheduled trips to the loo.
The strong characterisation more than compensates for the fact that there's no plot; this show is all about the symptoms (night sweats, insomnia, hot flushes, forgetfulness, incontinence) and the well known songs from the ’60s (when women who are now menopausal were still just teenagers) rewritten as menopause laments.
The show ended with a dance during which the audience was invited to join the players on stage. Pam dragged Roshini on to the stage for that. This morning when I asked them to do their dance steps for a picture they refused.
As for me, I'm waiting for someone to do a show called "Womenopause." Who says men don't suffer when...
Monday, June 25, 2007
Ru cooks well and so we had a terrific meal of string hoppers, with chicken and prawns and vegetables.
Her friend from childhood days in Sri Lanka Suri is working in Melbourne after studying here. She came late for lunch and we waited to have dessert with her. She brought a trifle pudding and Ru also had some ice cream available. Plus there were chocolates that Anand had brought back from the US of A. In the picture the Kollemvarieth gang presently in Melbourne are looking at pictures of all the Kollemvariethites whom Anand saw in the US, while Jess kept Suri company. Ru was busy in the kitchen. (I'm adding a picture of Ru from another context or she will have something to say about being cut out of the picture. It was just that everybody was always here and there -- except when we sat down for lunch -- and so i could never get a picture of all together).
The fruit and vegetable section of this market transported us right back to vegetable markets in India (except that there were no cows roaming around). The shopkeepers were all shouting out what bargains each of them had in their shops.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Puss is quite different from cats we've known. She just climbs into one's lap to be petted. Noticed it last time we were here when she came to me to be petted while everyone else had gone out on an errand. Now she does that almost every night with me after others have gone to bed.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
The Bible I brought along from India was a gift sent to me from the US of A. Printed in China. Imagine that! A country where Marxist philosophy ruled and expelled missionaries and the church had to go underground. While Communists rule and still advocate atheism China prints Bibles!
Monday, June 18, 2007
Jess described the first picture as a "Roshini sandwich". The Shipstones high regard for Roshini is reflected in their choice of name for this grand daughter.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Ironically, the person who welcomed and led the group of 76 new citizens-to-be in the pledge was a person who is of Indian origin. There were several others who looked like Indians or had Indian names among the citizens-to-be.
Ishaaq took a tram to come to the ceremony from his office. After getting on, he discovered that he didn't have change to pay for the tram ride. So his last act as an Indian citizen was to ride without a ticket. Pam commented that his first act as an Australian citizen was to buy a ticket to ride the tram, as he did take some change from Jess to go back by tram to his office.
Jess had worn a hair band at the end of her pig tail with little dice displaying the Australian flag and she carried a little Australian flag. There was a picture of the Queen at the front of the hall and while some of those who became new citizens stood next to it and got photographed, Ishaaq didn't want that.
After the swearing-in ceremony all the new adult citizens were given a plant. Let's hope he will take a special interest in his own plant.
Right away he had to fill in an enrolment form with details to get on the voters' list. In Australia it is compulsory for citizens to vote. Failure to vote attracts penalties.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
And then there was cake. Curiously the birthday boy doesn't like cake and wouldn't eat any of it, but was satisfied that his mother had cooked his favourite lamb roast--quite a labour of love for Pam, considering that she and Dave turned vegetarians several years ago.
And then of course there were more pictures with baby Scarlett. She steals the show, but soon she is to have competition with Nat expecting her second baby in October.