I have a new baby…
Indirectly I have found a new source of mummy-flummery in Egidio, a seven-year old boy who lives in rural East Timor.
He is barefoot and desperately poor, he is handsome, he is beautifully made and he is very, very cute. This is a child who receives sponsorship from Plan. And I am proud to say that I am his sponsor.
Egidio has three brothers, three sisters, and lives in a house with a turf roof and an earth floor, he cannot attend a school as the nearest one is too far for him to travel to.
Egidio is the same age as my twins and was born just a few months after them in 2005 – their lives, however, could not be further apart.
I am not allowed to send Egidio books, pencils or paper – although, of course, I desperately want to. I have to content myself with letters, pictures and cards and hope that through them he may have some sort of connection with us, his sponsor family, who live more than 7,500 miles away in Blighty.
Here he is: