I noticed she doesn’t hang out with anyone in particular. She always catches the earlier hour of lunch and doesn’t wait to sit and ‘gossip’. Instead, she eats well and chews slow.
I first got to talking with her when we both met in the locker room. I had gone to get a couple minutes of peace and quiet (do you realize how much telephones ring?) and she was there, crying. I brought her tissues and asked her what happened. Her supervisor had unfairly shouted at her in front of everybody, even her juniors. In between sobs, she told me how disrespected she felt.
I hugged her.
Thirty minutes later, I knew a lot about her. Her first marriage had failed because the man was violent and used to beat her. When it ended, she was lucky to gain custody over their daughter who is now six years old. She later got married to her cousin. It’s been two years since and the family in law treats her well. And while they are financially stable, she continues to work; in fear of a day in future when there will be no one to support her daughter. She doesn’t ever want to ask her family in law to pay for her daughter’s education, health or marriage…in fear that they will say no. She and her second husband were also trying for a child. She had had a miscarriage last year, a painful and expensive one, and so she was very scared about never being able to conceive again. She was waiting for hope.
She was so strong, all for love and I admire that about her.
Last week, in the cafeteria at lunchtime, she had whispered ‘I think…’ and smiled.
And then this morning, she showed me the thumbs up sign with the biggest smile I had ever seen on her.
She is expecting :)
Subject: IT'S OVER
I'm just so depressed...
Flour 500 g
Dry Yeast 11 g (the sachet said it was enough for 500g – 1kg)
Salt 2 tsp
Warm Water 300 ml
Sift the flour into a bowl and sprinkle salt over it. In a separate cup, cream the yeast with a little of the warm water. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour the creamy yeast in it. Mix in the rest of the water and knead well until the dough is smooth and elastic. You might want to sprinkle a little more flour so that it doesn’t stick. Cover and leave for 2 – 3 hours. The dough will have increased twice in size by the end.
Knead the flour just a bit more and divide it into two rolls. Lay them out on a floured baking tray. I used baking sheet underneath it. Leave it in a slightly warm place for another 30 minutes.
Make diagonal cuts over the top with a sharp knife and glaze with warm water.
Preheat the oven to 220 C and let the bread bake for 15 – 20 minutes. Then slow down the temperature till 180 C and let it stay in for another 15 minutes until golden brown.
My oven wasn’t working too well, so I flipped the loaves over after 15 minutes to get them to brown themselves from the top. It worked out wonderfully.