for the second time this year!
Last Thursday: The first thing which came to my mind for arranging a DNA test was… who is travelling from Iran to the Netherlands? That was my biggest concern. It became a huge mountain for me to climb again in my head. So I called the Dutch embassy in Tehran, as I wanted to check with them if somebody is flying back home for Christmas or NYE. I got their voicemail. I forgot that the embassy is closed each Thursday and Friday.. which is the Iranian weekend. My next step was asking a Dutch journalist on Twitter if he knows anybody. He replied quickly and the high mountain I was facing melted while reading his answer. I found somebody who’s willing to take the DNA sample in the luggage, and it will be arriving this Friday or Saturday in the Netherlands already! If all goes well ofcourse… As there is one ‘sister’ living in Tehran. So it is up to her to do the test and bring this to my contacperson. I already had the manual for the DNA test in Persian so the second time round I am prepared and know what needs to be done and how.
Last Friday: I received a message from Zahra that Soghra, the ‘sister’, I spoke to on the phone last monday, was visiting Zahra and her parents in Mashhad. She asked if we could have a webcam call that day. I asked her if she had skype and she didn’t, so I downloaded yahoo messenger and had a webcam call with Zahra (translator), Soghra (‘sister’) and Zahra (nr. 4 for me! Daughter of Soghra). All of a sudden I was looking at 3 Iranian women, all dressed in a black chador. And all of us were giggling at first because of all the nerves. Lot’s of giggles and waving to eachother… We were all SO excited as you can probably imagine!!! The call lasted for about 5 minutes due to bad connection unfortunately . So after that we called eachother by phone and chatted for about half an hour. I got a positive answer for my curly hair question by the way! Soghra and her daughter especially travelled to Mashhad from their village to see me. It was a lot of fun!!
So the coming days now will be waiting time for me again and hopefully I will receive the DNA cotton swaps from Tehran just before my birthday this Sunday!
That will be one special present for sure!
PS. It always seems impossible until it’s done. -Nelson Mandela-