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 familyContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 40: Dreams”
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,Continue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 39: Responsibility”
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 youContinue reading “#Daily Writing Challenge Day 38: Authenticity”
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 inContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 37: Respect”
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.Continue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 36: Curiosity”
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 isContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 35: Humility”
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: centresContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 34: Inclusion”
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 ofContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 33: Love”
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 sameContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 32: Wisdom”
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 keepContinue reading “#DailyWritingChallenge Day 31: Perseverance”
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