On our way to our working day together in Lammassaari. There was such a fair amount of participants, that by fetching everyone from the bus stop, I got quite familiar with these duckboards running from the one edge to another.
Our intention was to empty the attic of an old wooden house of the island in order to get the roof reconditioned. By giving our effort and doing this favor, we would get to have our summer opening party in the building next to it.
The work was much dirtier and harder that I had imagined in my optimistic mind, and as a result I got quite a few sniding thanks from the friends that I kindly invited to join us. However we had a great time and without sniding at all I myself thank everyone for coming open mindedly along to this craziness. As a reward, we had a great summer party!
Our sunshine Habbad passed his smile on to the faces the others as well. When I met this little smilyface a couple years ago in Siuntio reception center, he was the one who came along to all craziness and if didn’t have anything wiser to do asked me to bury him under a pile of sand. In the winter he wanted to learn how to ski, and I hardly had the time to say out loud that I can teach him, when he already had found some pink women’s’ skis and was self-actingly sliding towards the nearest trench. Now this charmer already expresses himself, studies and works in such fluent Helsinki-Finnish, that I couldn’t believe that he has lived here for less than three years!
These lovely ladies of ours don’t lack any roughness or attitude. With them, and Laura’s spontaneous shouting, we even found just the bar-studio needed, where even the fact that Finland didn’t make it to the finals of the world championship games, didn’t ruin our day.
And then these jolly fellows found the crazy-company in each other, which lead into pushups, a surfing performance on dry land, which between us still needs some practice.. ;)
These guys didn’t want to stop working, but always slipped back to the attic to continue working. It can be hard for people from here to understand, that when you long enough sit still waiting, counting days, not being able to feel useful, then almost every kind of work and activity is helpful and rewarding in the battle towards time.
I mentioned that your clothes ”might” get dirty, didn’t I?
It was tough, but fun. Swimming in the sea full of seaweed feels surprisingly refreshing!
Warm thanks for Maija for cooking, Eeva for coordinating, volunteers from the World Village camp for sacrificing their free day, people from the reception center for participating and every other new or old friends who came to help. Special greetings for Danny and Lanja, who unfortunately couldn’t be there to party the results of our hard work.
Thanks also for Laura, Maija, Tomi, Harri, Anu, Eeva and Noora for organizing, Matin for the delicious food and the performers for the energetic music!