Nashaat: “My happy day is going outside and playing with my brother and dad”

I’m very happy to share the first letter from Canada with you! 🙂 Lately, I opened my mailbox to find a big envelope from Edmonton with lots of wonderful cute letters.
The letters are from Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre. Rosa is the teacher of the preschool program there and sent me letters from the children ages 3 ½ to 5 years old. They drew wonderful pictures which I will share with you one by one.

Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta and the northernmost city in North America. Rosa wrote me that it is still very cold, with a lot of snow on the ground. The children hope that spring comes soon. They love playing in the snow, but when days are cold they like to come inside, stay warm and drink hot chocolate. 🙂

The first picture I want to share with you is from Nashaat. Nashaat’s happy day is going outside and playing with his brother and dad. Nashaat drew a colorful bright picture about his happy day.

Thank you so much Nashaat for drawing this beautiful picture about your happy day! ❤ As a child I also loved to go outside and play with my brother. We spent hours around the garden playing hide-and-seek for example. 🙂
I hope that spring will arrive soon in Edmonton and that you have a lot of fun playing in the snow until then.
And also a really big thank you to Rosa for her work and for sending the letters to me. ❤
Best wishes, Karina.



Tjarko: “Unverhofft kommt viel zu selten!” (The unexpected happens far to rarely!)

Tjarko lives in Portugal and goes to the German school in Lisbon. He sent me an amazing and entertaining letter about his perfect day.

Tjarko wrote in German. In English his letter says:

The unexpected happens far to rarely!

My perfect day started unexpectedly with me sitting in the car on time with Dad at 7:10 a.m. and looking into a deep ditch. We wanted to drive to school and my Dad had forgotten that the building workers had dug up the passage from our area the evening before and we could not drive through anymore.
I cheered loudly: “No school today! I can continue to listen to Harry Potter!”
We turned round and returned to my surprised Mother. I got a cup of tea and Nutella breads and I went to my room to the most exciting radio play of all time.
Later I took care of the animals and moved the horses with the riding instructor. After a delicious lunch Grandma said to me: “Come along, boy, we want to do the German homework.” “Well”, I thought, “that fits.”
My perfect day continued because my Grandma let me go shortly after that. I played with my Playmobil figures on the sand hill in front of the ditch when the excavator turned up and filled up everything again. When the road was free, we drove to the beach to go surfing.
The evening continued cozily. Everybody already in pyjamas we played Cluedo.
The day would have been completely perfect if I did not have to write this text about my “perfect day”. But I really can’t complain at all!

Dear Tjarko, I like your letter so much! You are a great entertainer! 🙂
I’m sorry that it disturbed your perfect day that you had to write this letter, but I’m so happy you did, because it’s wonderful! Danke! 🙂
I like Nutella bread, too, and to go surfing and to have a cozy evening playing something. And I can imagine that it’s great not to have to go to school unexpectedly. 🙂
I wish you very nice unexpected surprises in your life from time to time and send you a big hug from Germany! Karina.

PS: This was the last letter from the children at the German school in Lisbon. I enjoyed reading and sharing each and every one of them! Thank you so much, Barbara and Thomas and your learning groups, for all these wonderful letters! ❤

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Dana: “Despertar en mi casa” (To wake up at home)

Dana lives in Colombia, in a city called Popayán, in the south-west of the country.

She sent me a letter in Spanish that moved me a lot.

Dana listed everything that makes her happy.
She writes:

What makes me happy on a day:

* to wake up at home
* to have one more day of life
* when I can have breakfast with my family
* to come to the foundation and to participate in the Advent calendar
* to write down my thoughts
* to play with my things and to feel that I’m still a child
* to paint and to watch videos
* to eat tiramisu ice cream
* to share a house with my grandmother and my cousin
* my Mom accompanies me during the night
* to spend Christmas with my family

Dana also drew a beautiful mistletoe with bells, a Christmas tree, and wrote Feliz Navidad (Merry Christmas).
The foundation she writes about is Kinderhilfe für Kolumbien, an organization that supports people in Colombia. Kinderhilfe für Kolumbien also sent me many letters from children in Popayán (including the one from Dana). Thanks a lot for that, the other letters will follow. ❤

And muchas gracias Dana! Thank you so much for your letter! I hope you had lovely Christmas days with your family. I also love to write down my thoughts. It’s a good way to reflect on the things you see and experience. I wish you with all my heart that you can often play and paint, eat tiramisu ice cream, feel that you are still a child, and that you are safe and happy. Much love, Karina. ❤


Franklin: “En mi día feliz corro y juego pelota” (On my happy day I run and I play ball)

Franklin sent me the first letter from Bolivia! He is 8 years old and lives in Sucre, Bolivia’s capital, which is located in the Andes Mountains.

Franklin wrote an amazing letter in Spanish about his happy day.

Here is the translation of Franklin’s letters into English:

Dear Karina

My name is Franklin and I am 8 years old. My quarter is called Alegría. (Alegría means joy.) On my happy day I run and I play ball. I will also draw Power Rangers. I will go for a walk in the street. For lunch I will eat pollo picante (spicy chicken) with my family. At school I will have language class because it’s my favorite class. At 10 p.m. I will go to bed.

Greetings, Franklin.

Muchas gracias, Franklin! Thank you so much for your letter and also for the picture of the Power Ranger you drew. I like it so much! As a child I also loved to run and to play ball with my brother. And I liked language class at school. It was my favorite class, too. I wish you so many happy days playing, drawing Power Rangers and eating pollo picante with your family! A big hug from Germany, Karina

And thanks a lot also to Bolivianisches Kinderhilfswerk that supports children in Bolivia and forwarded Franklin’s letter to me as well as an enchanting picture of him! Vielen Dank / Muchas gracias. ❤


João: “No final iriamos todos para minha casa e fariamos lá uma festa” (Finally we would all go to my house and have a party there)

João lives in Portugal. He is 10 years old and sent me an amazing letter in Portuguese together with the drawing of a really big wave he’s surfing.

João writes:

A perfect day

My name is João and I’m 10 years old.  A perfect day for me would be like this: In the morning I would wake up at 10:00 a.m. Then, my breakfast would be my favorite cereals with milk. After this, there would be the morning for playing Playstation. Then I would play Laser Tag with my friends.
After that I would spend the afternoon playing Paintball and going to the swimming pool to surf and to swim with dolphins and with wild sharks. Finally we would all go to my house and have a party there, where we would watch a movie, do a pillow fight, play Nintendo Playstation and Xbox. In the end we would do a food fight with music and we would all go to bed at 6:00 in the morning.

Muito obrigada, thanks a lot for your letter João. Wow, so many special ideas to spend a happy day! 😀 I also like surfing. And I would love to swim with dolphins one day, but I haven’t done it yet. I’m sure this is amazing. I also like watching movies and when I was a child I played Nintendo, too. It’s a while ago that I stayed up until 6:00 in the morning. At your party I would very probably fall asleep earlier than you and your friends. 🙂 I hope you spend many happy days and you often do the things you like!

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