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April 20, 2020

Lockdown is like a swing we're forced to sit on for an indeterminate length of time.  It might be fun if we knew when we could get off. Instead we swing nowhere - for those of us fortunate enough to be at home - with life in suspended animation.

Entering week five, as for so many my sleep has been disrupted. I find in the smal...

April 11, 2020

Today, I have lost my sense of humour. Rare for me but not unheard of. I suspect, in God's kindness, it will return. But not today and I'm enjoying the fact I can admit it.  Even shout it.

Things do NOT feel OK (add swear words).

I am FED UP trying to be brave and hopeful (add swear words).

I am NOT willing to look for the positive (add swear words).

NO....

April 4, 2020

I'm moving into week 3 of the coronavirus.  Thankfully for me I'm not in danger, but it's no fun. Recovery is not linear and, just when I think I'm making headway, I seem to slide back in the wrong direction. 

This is particularly difficult as a single mother with two kids.  My two teenagers are pretty independent but, especially at a t...

January 21, 2020

It's a new year. But it's not just that, it is ournew year. 

Mine is not yours nor yours mine. It is not what it might have been, it is not what it will be (God willing) next year. It is what it is right now. And it's ours.

I say to my children that life is divided into two boxes:

There is no bridge between these two lives and, of course, the one on the righ...

December 6, 2019

Three weeks ago today, my fourteen year old son was assaulted.

In the playground at the end of the school day, a boy in his year took off his coat and laid down his backpack.  My son was facing in the opposite direction. This boy ran at full tilt toward my son and punched him hard in the back of the head. As he staggered to regain his balance, his assailan...

November 24, 2019

I am constantly astonished by what my children remember and how they remember it.  

In 2014, after I had asked the children's father to leave, I decided I would pull up the very old carpets in our house.  Rumour had it that there would be beautiful oak flooring underneath in the manner of all the houses in our 1950's neighbourhood, and I had long want...

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