My apologies for a delayed update, as you can see I’m covering two months and it is now 11 months since my arrest in April last year.
February seemed to pass by in a blur. The best part of the past month was the 5 days I got to spend with my darling daughter and sister. Yes, Ari and Leanne have visited again. They came directly to the prison from the airport and we got to spend five hours a day together for five consecutive days. It was wonderful to see them, hold them, laugh with them and cry with them. They succeeded in topping up my emotional bank with lots of cuddles and kisses from the rest of my whānau.
We shared kai (chippies, M&M’s and skittles for me; they got to taste some bread, cake, cookies and pizza made by some of the girls in my pavillion), photos and clothes (it’s been many years since I have been able to share clothes with my sister and now for the first time with my daughter). Although it was heartbreaking to see them go I still feel surrounded by their love and I am so grateful to everyone who helped make their trip a reality. Once again, Leanne and Ari will have some more funny stories (well… funny now, but not at the time) to share about their trip.
We are still working with my lawyers in regard to my case and any final outcome may still be awhile coming. In the meantime my fitness continues to improve and whenever I feel a bit down I push myself to do some physical exercise. It really helps me get through the emotionally tough times.
Work is still mundane, however, I go every day and I am sure I hold the record in here for having never been AWOL.
Our Castellano teacher took a well deserved holiday break over February but she is now back, and as well as resuming our language lessons, she is also teaching a Literature Studies Class with about 10 participants. I have had a sneak preview of the content and I’m excited. I’m especially looking forward to the debates and opportunities to share our respective countries histories and experiences of colonisation and to learn about others as well. Woohoo!!!……. some intellectual stimulation!
Some of the girls in my pavillion have been painting the walls inside their cells. I, however, have decided not to, preferring to keep all my photos of whānau and friends, my many cards including postcards from around the world (thanks Tania), paintings including Maunga Taranaki and karakia on my walls. It’s these things that help keep me grounded and feeling strong, positive and focussed.
As always thanks to all of you who continue to support and believe in me – I am eternally grateful. And a special thanks to the wonderful person who gave me a 12 month subscription to NZ Woman’s Day, I’ve regularly received them since July last year and it’s so cool to at least keep up with all of the news and ‘gossip’.
Until next month, heaps of aroha,
nā Sharon xx
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