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Livewire : Issue 1
10 livewire.org.au After dinner, Karen went over in Dari the house rules and the boundaries, Karen was lucky enough to live near a park which had a playground so Afadeo would be kept fully occupied. Soon it was time for bed Karen read Afadeo a story before tucking him in and kissing him goodnight Afadeo was dreaming, he was back in Afghanistan People were happy , smiling as they did their shopping at the market place, suddenly the air was alive with gunfire, people were screaming and running in every direction as insurgents wrecked terror among innocent civilians , he sprung up in bed panting he look around at his surroundings they didn’t look familiar ‘ma-ma ma-ma” he whimpered, Karen who happened to be awake at the time heard Afadeo crying she rushed down to his room, she embraced him patting away his sobs that were raking his body ,“shhh, shhh, Its ok Ma-Ma’s here ,Ma-Ma’s here” she comforted him. The next day they decided to go to a nearby park. Karen thought, this was the perfect opportunity to introduce some new people to Afadeo, she had called her best friend Anna on her mobile who just so happened to have a son called Sam with her partner Tom, to come and join them at the park. The new arrivals reached the park and approached them; the night before via phone Anna had consoled Karen that the worst that could happen would be Afadeo hiding behind her like a newborn baby lamb. Karen nervously waited for Afadeo’s response and was surprised when he went running up to them, Karen wondered if it was the security of her being there or just nature taking its course. After introductions were made Afadeo and Sam went off to have a kick of the soc- cer ball which Sam had brought with him, the pair were soon the best of friends much to the delight of the overjoyed Karen. On the way home Afadeo turned to Karen and said ‘ that was fun when can we do it again?” Karen was amazed at how far Afadeo’s English had come; she smiled and replied “soon my little bundle of joy” Night once again fell over Melbourne and its surround- ing suburbs, Karen and Afadeo had just completed reading ‘The Adventures Of Pegsby’, It was one of Afadeo’s favourites even though he couldn’t quite understand the words he enjoyed looking at the pictures, Karen tucked him in and kissed him goodnight before turning out the light. Once again Afadeo was in Afghanistan, this time on one of the many pot holed roads caused by constant shelling , he saw a couple of boys playing soccer nearby he was just about to join in before BOOM! A roadside bomb went off, a little stream started to trickle down the road towards him. He jerked and awoke panting , he scrambled for the bedroom door but because it was so dark lost his bearings and ran into the wardrobe door ‘BANG’,“MA-MA, MA-MA,-MA-MA” he shrieked, Karen herd his wails through her sleep, tossed the covers aside and sprinted down the hallway to Afadeo’s room. She found him crouched in a ball in front of the wardrobe, she wrapped her arms around him, comforting him , humming a lullaby into his ear which calmed him, before pick- ing him up and taking him back to her bed. It was New Year’s Eve. Sam and Afadeo were racing each other on the slot cars and laughing every time one of the slot cars flipped off. Apart from soccer continued on page 12 LW_08-013_Connection.indd 10 6/8/10 11:43:15 AM