One of my earliest memories is of my brother, sister and I stealing our grandma’s slippers and heading off around the corner of our house to the sloping nature strip, picking up the cricket stumps on the way: then proceeding to ‘ski’ down the nature strip in our slippery slippers, powered by our stump ski poles! We spent hours ‘skiing’ and giggling, marveling at our brilliant initiative.
Why is this important?
Firstly, because it is about family. My brother and sister represent everything that is good about family – loyalty, fun, love, grace and truth. They are the people I look to for support, comfort and when I need to laugh. They are the people I want my girls to grow up admiring, trusting and adoring.
Secondly, it is about doing something new; about stepping outside the box and having fun while doing it. Something which I am not good at these days. I like safe and definite, I like the box and I like the predictable.
And thirdly, it’s my earliest memory.
That is who I am (partly). I am about family, I am about trying to know who I am and what I am and do it better, and I am my memories.
My lovely friend Bec has launched 2011 with the 100 Theme Challenge.
I like it.
Particularly at the moment when my ability to string two words together is fairly limited, let alone trying to pin down an interesting ‘theme’. So I am thinking I might give it a go. Here is my amended list of themes. I think it’s worth attempting.
6. Break Away
22. Mother Nature
24. No Time
42. Standing Still
44. Two Roads
49. What my mother told me
50. Breaking the Rules
59. No Way Out
61. Fairy Tale
72. Mischief Managed
81. Pen and Paper
86. Seeing Red
89. Through the Fire
So I hope that the long absence and quietness here was evidence to the fact that our baby GIRL has arrived safely and is the greatest delight. She is sweet and beautiful and divine and I am in love again. Birth was fine (cesarean) and after some initial concerns regarding her breathing (of all things!!) she did great and is perfect.
The last 8 weeks have been tiring (understatement) but mostly lovely.
Just wanted to drop in and say all is well and happy. I will attempt to do so more often!