AtoZ: Z is for Zen

To my beloved son on his 12th Birthday 12 years ago you came. A small sweet thief of our hearts. You turned our world around and remade it in your own image. With eyes of wisdom and wonder. With a laugh that shakes the foundation of the universe. A son. A brother. A young man. […]

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It’s my birthday!

37 years ago today the world was gifted with me. How terribly conceited is that? As I get older my birthdays get better. Gone is the stomach churning terror no-one would come to my midwinter birthday party. Gone is the mid-twenties depression that saw me hiding under the duvet waiting for the day to pass. […]

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To my Son on his 11th Birthday

For every birthday my mother takes her grandchild shopping. Usually she can’t wait to tell me what they’ve chosen. This year I got a phone call. Mother: “Um, well we had an interesting shopping trip.” Me: “So, what did he get?” Mother: “Um… <long pause> it might not be quite what you were expecting.” My […]

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Wind in the Willows

As a child you wait with bated breath for your next birthday, not only for the presents, but for that elusive thing called “being a grown-up”. Around 25 something very odd happens, suddenly birthdays are approached with near dread and an awakening sense of mortality. When I informed my child of my decision to remain […]

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Say Cheese

On 20 February 2006 the world changed forever. Maybe you didn’t notice, but the world as I knew it shifted slightly to the right. Alexandra Isabella was born at 06:50 and promptly altered the state of the universe to suit herself. Today is her sixth birthday and like most mothers, I suffer from party panic. […]

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Many Happy Returns

A pyre of flame A crowd of people singing my name Take a breath And make a thousand secret wishes Candy and chips load up the dishes She wants a fancy cake Ice cream and magic shapes She wants a Princess encased in cream More presents than she ever dreamed Streamers, balloons and a musty […]

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