I sat beside this story on a long trip to Leeds and rediscovered it amongst the notes on my phone the other day. Just imagine the scene, the child and the voices – I hope it brings a smile to you too. At the service station Ketchup on the table. Dad goes to get napkins. Returns to clean up. (Confused) Where did it go? I licked it. (Incredulously horrified) You didn’t. I did. How did you do that? Like this. (Leans right over and licks the table again.) Continue reading At the service station
How lonely that sounds. But I am alone. Will people wonder why I’m alone? How am I meant to read a book whilst using a knife and fork? Is there anywhere I’ll look less conspicuous? Lately I’ve heard twice that … Continue reading Table for One?
Now obviously on teaching practice I learnt a lot. I learnt how to plan and teach and mark and manage behaviour and marshall 32 youngsters into straight, quiet lines. It was a few years after I began teaching that I … Continue reading Four things teaching practice taught me
Oh, the final line of this post… In the past year and half since I changed my job and therefore my lifestyle, I have begun to plan less. I don’t look so far ahead and my five year plan … Continue reading Out of Control (again)
I wondered if I should take a photo. Whether I should encapsulate this moment in case I want to look back. The last time I saw that view, at that time. The last time I walked that pathway, crossing at exactly the same place. The last time I slept in that bed, relaxed in that bath, unlocked that front door. But what does the photo tell me? Better a picture of the worn out carpet where feet have trod in and out. A chair a friend sits in on every visit. A mug that was bought for that one particular … Continue reading The Last Time
I’ve heard the horror stories of all the resources going mouldy after ten years in a garage, and the colleague who threw away everything, only to return to teaching a few years later. It was now or never…space or stuff. Continue reading From Teacher to City-Worker: the decision to declutter
Yes I do realise I’m five years behind, but bear with me. In clearing out the other day I found my resolutions from 2011…it was an interesting read and point of reflection. There were a couple of resolutions relating to … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions of 2011