School Camp

Ahhh, school camp. It’s a challenge for a parent, is it not? Firstly the packing list.  ‘Old t–shirts and shorts’.  Read: Complete and Utter Fashion Dilemma, might as well have written ‘pressure mum and dad to buy you the latest Nike gold plated futsal sneakers and scuff appropriately so it looks like you always wearContinue reading “School Camp”

Two Funerals and a Brain Scan 

Last year was one of those years – I couldn’t go to Coles without catching pneumonia. At one point I just took my sick-after-sick-after-sick kids out of school and we ran away up the coast to a big wide open space with no snot in it.  Add to this a brain scan for me, twoContinue reading “Two Funerals and a Brain Scan “

Month of Mini-Motivation

  I sit here, looking at our sudden deep water frontage and a river knocking at my back door after rain so voluminous who knew the world could produce such a thing. I have four kids on school holidays jailed inside the house and never enough food.  Opposing this, I also have that New YearContinue reading “Month of Mini-Motivation”

Hope v Fear

Hope is the only thing stronger than fear. These words bring so forceful a feeling, an image, a time from the past, into my mind that I am reliving it as if it were now. It’s a time when our family was holding on to hope as if it were the stairway to heaven. WhenContinue reading “Hope v Fear”

The smell of safety

It’s enough to singe the nose hair. Or at least relieve my nasal spray of it’s duties. Is it alcohol?  My wine definitely doesn’t smell like that. Thank goodness, the old glass of patience. Astringent might be how one would describe it.  The AK47 of germ terminator’s, might be another good description. I’m talking aboutContinue reading “The smell of safety”

In hot pursuit of passion

So ladies, we’ve now “got it all”.  Someone burned a bra and we can be CEO’s, mothers, revolutionary’s, and expert children’s party crafters. But so many women are not happy with this. They are trying to cut back on hobbies, friends or even family in an effort to calm a chaotic life.  They meditate onContinue reading “In hot pursuit of passion”

You’re so lucky

“You’re so lucky”. Nothing gets up my nose and tweaks on my most sensitive nose hairs more than these words. What I hear is: “You’re so lucky not to have to work hard; to have always had everything fall in your lap; to have been born with “PERFECT” stamped on the birth certificate.  And, youContinue reading “You’re so lucky”

My heart, newly born

You put your head on my chest: First your ear, then your squashy little cheek, then your perfect, faintly-haired crown nuzzles down with a sigh, above my heart.  Your head and my chest become one, together, there is no difference between us anymore. Just like when you were growing inside of me, only better.  Better, becauseContinue reading “My heart, newly born”

There was an old man, an old lady and a clever young thing…

The old man is Greece.  The old lady is Romania.  And the clever young thing is the EU. Why these three? In a timely coincidence, I have just edited a piece in my book, set in 2005, which talks about life in Romania as the country prepares to enter the EU.  Right when Greece mightContinue reading “There was an old man, an old lady and a clever young thing…”

Kicking goals

In this big wide world, there was once a little boy who was crippled with shyness all the early years of his life. While his friends were climbing trees and playing on swings, this little boy would cry behind my legs, with an intense fear of being social. In later years, it would be suggestedContinue reading “Kicking goals”