Author: Tallte6

What sets your soul on fire

When I was at high school, I didn’t get to choose subjects – we simply continued to do the same subjects we had done in previous years.  Lucky really, because with the exception of physical education (which I would have dropped in a heartbeat), and maybe geography, because who cares about million year-old rocks, there…

Not Happy, Jan!

Three things prompted this blog. The first was Christmas. The second was an article on how Americans are chasing happiness more than ever, as it eludes them even further. The third was New Year’s resolutions. I know they look totally unrelated, but bear with me just a little longer (OK, it might take a while,…

It’s not the girl’s fault

Like many others, I was horrified when I heard about a porn ring where boys were uploading and exchanging photos of naked or semi naked girls.  Apparently, some girls’ photos were worth several others.  The boys were targeting particular schools and, in some cases, specific girls.  The exchange game was as sickening as it was…

Hear me out

Children never grow up in parent’s hearts. We still remember the last time we cradled them and always will. This is a handy excuse to still treat them as the helpless things they haven’t been for a long while. I was having lunch with some friends the other day and Miss Dee joined us.  We…

Fight or Flight

I’ve always been a rebel with many causes. When I was little I used to put myself in front of the bullies (and I was skinny as a rake) to defend my friends. On one memorable occasion I chased one across the playground even though she was a head taller than me. Apparently, I was…

For the love of music

I saw a photo on Facebook of a young child playing the recorder and the parents grimacing.  The photo had quite a few likes and it was completely lost on me. When Miss Dee joined her primary school band, many of the kids had never played an instrument before.  In Miss Dee’s case, whilst she…

To text or not to text

“I have to change phone plans”, Miss Dee declared the other day. “Oh?” I asked.  “My current plan doesn’t allow for enough text messages” and then in a panicky voice, “Darn, I’m going to go over.” Almost in unison my husband and I said “stop texting!”  That got us an eye roll. The same phone…

Only yell if there is a fire

When friends with kids come around they always say how quiet and delightful Miss Dee is. They wonder whether getting their kids to hang around Miss Dee might make them become quieter by osmosis. I agree with the delightful, but the quiet used to puzzle me. I think she is somewhat chatty and not particularly…

Pearls of wisdom

The other day we held a surprise 80th birthday party for my mother-in-law.  We were all invited up the coast to a restaurant where Grandma was supposedly just out for lunch with my sister-in-law.  Imagine her surprise when her two other children turn up with grandkids in tow.  Also in attendance were Grandma’s brother and…

It’s the thought that counts

This is the time for giving, or at least the time when you start wondering what on earth you are going to get everyone.  I start my journey earlier than most, because I have to post the presents for my family.  That also means that I am limited in what I get (it can’t be…