Carpe Diem

The first day of the rest of my life.

Reflections on fifteen years in UK classrooms, parenthood and life.

It’s not a rehearsal, yet the world is a stage.

  • #DailyWritingChallenge Day 40: Dreams
    When I was five, I recall, I drew a picture of me as a dentist and claimed that this is what I wanted to do when I was older. I remember a picture of a smiling girl next to that familiar reclining chair in the dentist’s room. I was lucky: we had a lovely family dentist that had been my mother’s since she had been in her early twenties and he was very welcoming when we went for our check-ups. I amContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 40: Dreams”
  • #DailyWritingChallenge Day 39: Responsibility
    I feel nauseous from all the news of late. So much poor planning has led to the UK having the highest death toll in Europe at the hands of COVID-19. Do I think lockdown began at least a week late? Yes, I do and I fear that without a sound, well-functioning track and trace system, numbers of those dying are set to rise again. Professor David Hunt states as much in an article published in a national newspaper today. Is anyone takingContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 39: Responsibility”
  • #Daily Writing Challenge Day 38: Authenticity
    This is it! The real deal! True, genuine, sincere. Here is my acrostic on authenticity. All true. Understanding the real and Traversing the misty path to your clear core; Heed not those who try to sway you from self and be Ever more genuine; Necessitate an unswerving sight within which you Treat others as you might expect; Include others in your vision; Choose and craft the place in confidence and Indulge your self-belief and be at one: for You are unique.
  • #DailyWritingChallenge Day 37: Respect
    Wikipedia, that oracle of respectful truth asserts that: ‘Respect, also called esteem, is a positive feeling or action shown towards someone or something considered important, or held in high esteem or regard. It conveys a sense of admiration for good or valuable qualities.’ I used to think I give respect quite freely to those in authority, but give me reason to doubt that given respect one too many times and I find it very hard to establish that respect again. However, IContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 37: Respect”
  • #DailyWritingChallenge Day 36: Curiosity
    Why? Why? Why? She plays in the grass alone with her Daddy close by, for one of the first times because those feet only learned to walk just short of six weeks ago. Oops! She falls, but that’s alright… she can get up again and again. Sun blazing, birds singing, a family playing merrily together. Not hers. So close, yet so far. Mommy is working; she is caring for children so small, tiny and fragile, more fragile still than her soft solesContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 36: Curiosity”
  • #DailyWritingChallenge Day 35: Humility
    Humble is perhaps the one, who is modest and sees not her worth, for there is always room to grow. Understanding of others’ perspectives and seeking to empathise and forge strong links. Modesty in profusion: may not one at anytime see another as inferior or beneath you. Inquisitive to seek to improve, as there is always something to learn or renew from another angle. Learning everyday that an opportunity is a chance to grow and make more connection. Involve oneself not inContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 35: Humility”
  • #DailyWritingChallenge Day 34: Inclusion
    A few years after I started teaching, the slogan ‘Every Child Matters’ was very important; in schools where relative poverty was often present, Sure Start centres were a great success because they offered support to portions of a community that needed help. Childcare, baby massage, coffee mornings, time for twos, to name a few: centres offered services that helped a local community. When the funding was dropped and we saw the start of austerity, every child still mattered but without as muchContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 34: Inclusion”
  • #DailyWritingChallenge Day 33: Love
    Love is, according to Google, an intense feeling of deep affection for someone or something. Or, a great interest or pleasure in something. It’s fair to say there are many different types of love. I see myself as a mother, daughter, sister, aunt, teacher, partner, woman and human: in each role, a different kind of love manifests itself. Firstly, the love I feel towards my parents is different to that I feel towards my own children. In some ways, I still viewContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 33: Love”
  • #DailyWritingChallenge Day 32: Wisdom
    My Dad has a running joke with my sisters and I: “Just because you grow older, doesn’t mean you grow any wiser.” Sometimes, I see this is a flippant way of saying it’s okay to act eternally childish, innocent and immature. It’s certain he’s a fantastic playmate for all his grandchildren. Yet, for the same reason, it could be more profound in that silliness and a happy-go-lucky approach to life can keep you young and preserve that vitality that bubbles with excitedContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 32: Wisdom”
  • #DailyWritingChallenge Day 31: Perseverance
    If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again. Having the courage a strength to carry on when a job, task or concept is difficult to approach, tackle, understand or complete often requires perseverance. It is perhaps the learners I admire the most who will use immense amounts of staying power to keep trying to learn something until it eventually sticks and mastery is attained. I think of one child, let’s call her Poppy for argument’s sake. She started secondaryContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 31: Perseverance”

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