I've been thinking a lot about ambition lately. It's been ruminating around in my head as I've tried to work out where my ambition currently resides and how it once shaped my life. If I correctly understand the modern idea of ambition, it is to start school, age five, with a view to getting a … Continue reading Is This Not Ambition Enough?
It was beautiful. Like that scene in The Bridges of Madison County when Meryl's family takes off out the gate and down the road. Alan took the gang to stay with his brother in Dublin to give me a full 24 hours on my own and it has been... like a spa, on a cloud, … Continue reading Covid 19 Is An Introvert’s Dream
There's a film called 'Friends with Money' and in it Frances McDormand's character Jane stops washing her hair. It gradually gets pretty manky and her friends sort of notice, but don't mention anything. And just when it's getting really gruesome her kind husband gently suggests he might help her wash it. And she has a … Continue reading It’s Healthy To Check In With Yourself
You can't always get what you want. It would appear. The kids have turned on me. Like bite-size Judases. Maybe 'turned' is an exaggeration as, when I start to think about it, I don't know they were ever really facing me in the first place. Yes, we stand together pretty much every minute of every … Continue reading You Get What You Need
Winter is upon us. I don't particularly announce this because our calendar tells us so, more because - in this house at least - we're finally feeling it in our bones. So, for this week, we've gone into hibernation mode. It's easy to hibernate in the Burren. It's been four days since we left the … Continue reading When Nothing Much Happens
Stockholm Syndrome. I have it. Definition: Feelings of trust or affection felt in many cases of kidnapping or hostage-taking by a victim towards a captor. (Google Dictionary). It occurred to me on Saturday, when I was happily driving out the road from Gort - a few jobs under my belt, shop done for Sunday dinner, … Continue reading That Vying For ‘Me’ Time
So the boy has been starkers since approximately 6.30pm last night. He didn't fancy putting on his pyjamas, wasn't pushed when it came to getting dressed this morning and is now happily enjoying a post-lunch nap, au natural. In fairness, it's been business as usual with him. Meal-time eagerness was not effected. The usual (incessant) … Continue reading Time To Unfold
I heard a letter being read aloud on the radio. It was from a listener, a stay-at-home father of two, who had recently been told by his wife that she wanted a marriage separation. Between the politely penned lines you could sense the terror this man is going through. He noted how he had given … Continue reading How Can You Legislate For Love Lost?