Delays on the Journey

I like to be moving forward. When we lived in England I liked to travel on the trains. I would rather find a train that was running and jump on it even if it took me on a longer route than wait for a delayed train. When there’s a destination to get to I’m going to…

Family Stories

This February marks living in Canada for seven years and my son’s twenty-first birthday. Around these celebrations and anniversaries many conversations round the dinner table start, ‘Do you remember when…’ We recount the memories surrounding previous birthdays and the stories surrounding our move to Canada. In fact, all year round we do this. ‘Do you remember…’ is…

School’s out! I’m back!

After a much longer than intended break, I’m back. Well, when I say break, it hasn’t been exactly that. The first week was needed to recoup from 31 posts in 31 days, the second week was high school exam week and I had to prepare for an interview, the third week I had my interview…

Part of His Story

I’m used to ‘What’s the point of…?’ questions. Our children have many of those about things they are learning at school – the most popular one being, ‘What’s the point of learning algebra? There isn’t any use for it in real life.’ So this afternoon, still in the middle of history essay writing, it was…

Under the Influence

The ‘Time 100 Most Influential’ caught my eye last week. Among the world leaders, politicians, religious leaders, movie, pop and sports stars, writers and scientists a couple of stories caught my attention. Withelma ‘T’ Ortiz Walker Pettigrew lived in foster care in the US for years and for 7 of those she was victimized by…

Fairy stories and faith

Throughout my life I’ve had a rocky relationship with fairy stories. When I was a very young girl they were all I day-dreamed about, as a teenager I decided that when I had children I would never tell them any as ‘life’s not like that’, in my twenties I broke that resolve, a few years…