Yes that should have been sang aloud to Elvis’ tune:
So initially, I started writing this piece in January and then I stopped…because frankly I stopped everything.
The last few months I feel closest to a slug…just keep on keeping on. It hasn’t been bad, it just hasn’t been that good.
Scrap that, despite my growing love for all things natural, I still have yet to find any respect for the slugs…I mean seriously what do they actually achieve? Some natural biologist is about to school me now…go right ahead friend. My loyalty is with the hedgehog-who blesses us in many ways including dining on the slithery creatures.
I instead have been more like a caterpillar in the chrysalis stage of life.
I actually regressed I think. I was constantly reminding myself of basic hygiene and daily chores, I winced whenever I heard 30 day challenge or even the encouragement to take 2 mins everyday to… Who has that time? I mean isn’t everyone living under the duvet after 8pm watching MAFS Australia on their phone and praying their children stay asleep whilst scoffing any kind of sweet thing you have in the house-cooking chocolate, dried fruit and marshmallows totally included, essentially its a deconstructed rocky road right? No wonder my teeth are shot to pieces.
Just now wondering can the chrysalis time be seen as a regression? Is that what the caterpillars are doing? We have just got some caterpillars from Insect Lore, and seeing them go into their cocoons was actually a bit disturbing…bits fell off? I couldn’t work out if it was its head or its bum…both parts seem pretty vital to me!
Anyway, like the nation after lockdown is easing…I am reemerging less like a beautiful butterfly, more like a slightly dazed grub.
So what I meant to write is some suggestions I am going to do it now in the most succinct way possible….if you aer looking for recommendations here goes. I am going to rate them in two ways: 1) give them a 1 out of 5 grub rating, slimy yet satisfying and 2) I am going to give them a butterfly rating out of 5 too….this is to acknowledge a bit more of the skill and creativity involved. Here goes
–Clover Stroud’s My Wild and sleepless nights, a mother’s story
–Rohinton Mistry: A Fine Balance
–Sarah Bessey’s: Miracles and Other ordinary things
The mum poet club Guide to Self Care (They have a new book out ‘songs of love and strength and a great insta account FYI)
Books I am also reading/planning on reading: Anniki Sommerville’s ‘How to be a boss at ageing’ (love this-her insta stories bought my loyalty). Hollie McNish ‘Slug’ and Mothership Writers ‘Born in Lockdown’.
–Line of Duty Season 6
–The Great Pottery Throwdown (Channel 4)
–My Octopus Teacher
–My Garden Made Perfect
There have been podcasts, radio shows and insta stories-but I am not going to lie, my commitment has been sporadic at best. But Kyron Hamilton‘s account on Instagram and his reels on being a teacher are pretty damn fantastic, for anyone who works in education in UK or just remembers school in the 90s fondly. Here is a compilation for your viewing pleasure
I am now off to do what everyone else is doing right now in the UK, buy some clothes that fit and are spring/summer wear…because its been a week of sunny days and black maternity leggings and cord dungaree dresses do not cut it, unless I want to look like a sweaty tomato when I have done precisely no activity. Someone told me late 90s fashion is coming back-as in wide trousers, and I for one love the sound of that, or is it going to be those parachute combats that had more tags and strings than you could count, which just got ragged at the bottom??