My Dad died 6 months ago.
He had Oesophagul cancer and cruelly starved to death — an emaciated, painful release. I sat beside him, witnessing, comforting, holding space for him to let go, leave.
It was a stoic death. He was brave.
It’s now my turn to be brave.
I sit beside his bed, watching, waiting.
I’m his firstborn, only daughter. Our bond, unshakeable, immense, complex. “No-one loves me as much as you, Dad”. “Yes…that's true”.
He says I was difficult at times. I would stand up and shake the bars of my cot until I received his attention…
I recently had a conversation with my 21-year-old daughter.
She’s a 2nd-year student studying animation. It’s tough. Much more technical than she anticipated and being a perfectionist, she struggles with not receiving top marks.
Her dream is to be involved in the film industry and a degree in animation is…
Sometimes we aren’t who we think we are!
I married a Mormon when I was 22.
“We can’t be together unless you join the church”.
My father cried and told me the man I was about to marry was ‘The Devil’.
I was in love. I got baptised. We eloped.
I recently received an online invitation to a Botox Party. ‘Botox and Bubbles’ it read. On it was outlined some of the procedures that I could receive from a ‘licensed professional’ whilst I drank champagne and ate hors-d’oeuvres.
Botox? And at a party with alcohol?
I need a root canal. Badly.
For the past six months, I’ve been favouring one of my bottom left molars. Intense searing pain drills into my brain if anything hot or cold touches it. Or if I inadvertently chew on it.
It throbs at night. ALL night.
I’m existing on…
It happened AGAIN!
I received a voicemail regarding a massage.
I called him back. He asked about price, possible times. He sounded friendly.
I told him I offer mobile only and can come to him at the hotel he’s staying at. It’s a small ski resort town.
He said he’d…
I’ve massaged lots of overweight people, but she was obese.
As she stood in front of me, I met her eyes and searched in my heart for the openness and acceptance I’d need for this massage. I wanted her to feel safe.
But I was freaking out!
Would the massage…