Dancing in the Dark

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I am no dancer. When I was eight I begged my parents to let me have ballet lessons like my younger sister. She was graceful and elegant and artistic. I was not. A year later my parents bribed me to stop ballet, offering me violin lessons instead. I must have been truly dreadful for them … Continue reading Dancing in the Dark

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Violin (Part Two)

1987-2019For the next couple of years my health was deteriorating so rapidly that it was all I could do to just about keep going with my degree. By summer 1989 I had far more serious problems than not being able to play my violin: my parents had had to drive me back from France at … Continue reading Violin (Part Two)

The Price is NOT Right (but sometimes I’m willing to pay it anyway)

Choices, choices... I joined a church Lent Group (2 hours at the vicarage one evening a week, permission to lie on the sofa, say nothing, and leave early) and, for the first two weeks, was a bit worried that by doing so I had inadvertently sacrificed being able to do anything else at all for … Continue reading The Price is NOT Right (but sometimes I’m willing to pay it anyway)

I Was Made to be a Wife and Mother (Part Two)

‘Who says?’ I was taken aback. Who says that I can never be truly happy unless I am married with children? Well, just about every book, play, film, TV show or advertisement that has ever been written for starters. Society, churches, our families and friends. We all ‘know’ from childhood that ‘happy ever after’ has to include a lifelong … Continue reading I Was Made to be a Wife and Mother (Part Two)

I Was Made to be a Wife and Mother (Part One)

I may have had mixed feelings when my first sister arrived, but by the time the second one came along, when I was 6, I was more than up for this mothering lark . My middle sister and I fought over whose turn it was to get her out of her cot in the morning, … Continue reading I Was Made to be a Wife and Mother (Part One)