Exploring the Stories of the Islands and the Freedoms of Third Age

Some Things About Me Which May Not Be Obvious


Some reorganizing is going on around here (about time I can, truly, hear some of you say!), hence less writing or photos than normal. One of the things I am reorganizing is my computer (in hopes of making it work a little faster), and I’m hitting the delete button like crazy. I was about to delete this post, which I wrote months ago in response to some meme which was going the rounds, and then never bothered to finish, and then I thought, “Meh, there’s really nothing much else to write about just now, so why not just throw it into the mix which is my blog.”

I have some unbelievably caring, talented, witty and wonderful friends in my life, and I am more grateful for those friendships than you could imagine.

My feet are  wide & I always have trouble finding shoes to fit, consequently am probably the only woman on planet who hates shoe shopping.

Apropros the last, my very first ambition was to be a ballet dancer ………….ok you can stop laughing now!

I don’t so much like the logistics of moving (though experience has made me quite adept), but I love moving house and discovering a new neighborhood or town. It’s a substitute for not be able to constantly travel.

I am a country girl at heart who adores cities.

I am, by nature, a procrastinator and a mugwump…….doesn’t say much for me, does it?  And also explains a lot.

Am probably the only person of my generation who wasn’t knocked sideways by the Beatles.  Nostalgia now, yes, but at the time could take ’em or leave ’em.

I remember Hopalong Cassidy and the Cisco Kid.

The older I get the more I am angered by sexism and ageism.

Racism has always, always been the thing which, literally, was capable of making me see red.

The things I believe in now are the same things I believed in in my youth, but I haven’t always been true to them, so now I need to make up for lost time.

Am incredibly saddened by the fact I haven’t travelled outside of Europe and the US (except for a day trip to Morocco!).  It’s time.

I seriously can’t get going in a morning without a coffee.  I can get through the rest of the day without (though I’d rather not) but I HAVE to have that first one before I do anything at all.

Becoming a mother was a turning point in my life.  It made me more aware of the world around me, more alert, made me ask more of myself.  It was stimulating, fascinating and rewarding.  I didn’t feel at all limited by my new role, I found it liberating and fulfilling, and it also put me back in touch with my emotions.  I didn’t know this until my nest emptied, and I looked back, but I am incredibly grateful for the experience and its outcome!

I love food (and drink!) but don’t always like to cook.  Usually in winter I cook and/or bake most days because I believe in fresh foods cooked well, but in summer it’s too hot here, and I hate cooking!

When I say, “I like food.” I mean “I like food.” For me, when the mood is right a burger is as good as foie gras, and an ice cold beer as good as Chateau Yquem…….to everything there is a season.

JFK was my first hero, and it hit me like a ton of bricks when he died.  His assassination came at a time when I was very vulnerable, and it turned my world upside down, and made me question my beliefs and life in general.

I find it really hard to précis or edit.  I LIKE to ramble!

Took me a long time to realize that some decisions don’t HAVE to be made – redwine/white wine, favorite movie/book/song/singer/band/city/country, whatever – it’s ok to like more than one or two or more!

The first thing I remember being passionate about is reading. The first time I remember being utterly lost in a book, I was around 9 years old, and it was only when the teacher’s ruler snapped across my desk that realized that the ‘quiet reading time’ at school was over. It was a revelation – books could transport me anywhere I wanted to go. My favorite reading is non-fiction of various types, but especially travel, needless to say, or classic novels, but often I am pleasantly surprised by modern works when I am encouraged to read them by my much wiser friends!

I am utterly ashamed that after living so long in Spain I don’t speak Spanish better than I do.


Author: IslandMomma

Exploring island life and the freedoms of Third Age: Challenging myself every day: writing, traveling, snapping pix, running & teaching ESL

9 thoughts on “Some Things About Me Which May Not Be Obvious

  1. I’m also a country girl who loves the city. Probably will be back in the country someday though!

  2. I enjoyed this post very much. I relate to most of it, especially motherhood, reading and….coffee! Thank you.

  3. How we both loved to read eh? I remember that we were allowed to chose a book and have quiet reading time. one day I chose a story which is I think by Hans Christian Anderson about a staue and a sparrow. I have never looked it up since. the point is it is the first book that made me cry, because the bird died and I told the teacher that the book was too sad and she shouldn’t have it as a choice. quite ballsy, I was quite young. her reply is lost in time but was along the lines of it’s o.k. for a book to make you cry. also I remember getting a classic book every birthday and I think it was from you and your mum would have bought it. I loved all those books and still have Heidi, all others long gone. What Katy Did etc etc. Trips to the library resulting in me being well into a book before it even landed home, with my mum telling me to stop reading on the bus LOL. God know why, something about making it last I suppose.

  4. a post srcipt, just had to look for the story – turns out to be The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde! imagine that as reading for small kids to read themselves, wouldn’t happen today eh?

    • Those were one of my best memories of school! I think it must have been Mr Green who brought his ruler down so abruptly on my desk! Remember him? He was SO strict! Scared me to death!

      The absolutely only part of having boys & not girls which disappointed me was not being able to read those books with them (although I imagine that political correctness would require me to do so these days! Still think they’re girly books though!) also the Anne of Green Gables & Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm books, not to forget the very best-est Little Women books…..even though they were girly books I knew I was “Jo” at heart – the tomboy!

      Alas – no library for me in those days – my dad thought library books were full of germs – must have cost my mom a fortune, keeping me supplied with reading matter! Going to high school finally & being allowed to browse the library there was like landing in heaven!

  5. I love this post. It’s always interesting to hear what makes others tick. Like you, I adore reading (currently wading my way through CJ Sansom’s Dissolution series), but I am a city girl who adores the countryside – as long as I get to go back to the city afterwards!

    • Thank you. I almost didn’t post it because I though it was too personal, and yet I’ve been surprised by comments. It was going around a while back, and I decided against posting it back then. I have to look that up because I’m fairly confident that if you’re reading it then I should! It’s a hard decision, but if I really had to choose I think it would be countryside, but I’m not 100% convinced, not because of anything other than the possible lack of good conversation in the countryside… I suppose it depends who you’re with!

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