Tuesday, 25 October 2011

An emotional rollercoaster

What an emotional rollercoaster this last week has been. First, last Wednesday (19th), we had all the thrills and excitement of our Adam's graduation ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall - first class degree from Imperial. Fantastic setting and we had some of the best seats in the house - a box right over the stage no less. What a proud Mum I was too with the best of them I only wish I could have hit the replay button as it was all over so quickly too quickly. Then it was over to his Computing department for Champagne and canapes. Here Adam received the additional prize of best of the year BEng student, a certificate and a cheque.

Then yesterday morning (24th) we were up at 4.30am to drive Adam to Heathrow for his round-the-world trip. What an emotional time that was, worse than when we saw him off to Uni, especially as we knew Bangkok where he was headed in the midst of terrible floods. Hardly a confidence booster. However, on the Internet this morning we could see that his plane had landed, in fact at just after 6am (our time) the very time I had woken to pray for him. Awesome or what?

Next trauma was today lunchtime when we heard that Ruby, my husband's Mum has fallen with suspected hip break and possible operation. She lives in the North East too, so visiting and taking care of her is going to prove difficult... What next or do things only come in threes? Very much hope so.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Find your own voice and follow it...

Find your own voice in writing and follow it, said Julian Fellowes at the Literature Festival last night. What good advice. Sometimes it's tempting to capitulate and try to emulate someone else's style e.g. I can't abide a lot of the 'navel gazing' of modern poetry or it's fairly obtuse expression. My poetry is usually easy to understand and uses no long words for the sake of. Of course I don't win competitions but do we compromise or remain unpublished? There's the dilemma. We were taught in a workshop I attended over the weekend to use the 'Pub test' for our writing i.e. whatever you have to say imagine you had to run into a pub and say what it is in one easy quick sentence. This should incapusulate the best writing - easy to assess and straight to the point. I wonder what modern poets would make of this advice?

Monday, 3 October 2011

A little encouragement can go a long way...

After having felt down for a number of weeks due to writer's block and discouragement, children all leaving the nest on a more permanent basis, age and infirmities etc etc I now see the world in a new light. After a great morning of Bible teaching on Saturday morning learning about women in the past and how they handled their problems I felt freshly encouraged. This followed that evening by a cracking party in the most picturesque manor by the lake house. Realised this morning that not only is it good being encouraged but it's even better to share that encouragement which we all so desperately need - encourage one another and build one another up ( I Thess 5 v 11). Good sound Biblical advice. At the end of the day life isn't about being multi-talented, we can't all be like that but just spreading a little love and encouragement where we can. We can all do that.