Sporadic like sunshine

Another beloved aunt passed while I was at a business conference, and so … much of July and part of August has been me settling my mood. The world seems unbalanced by losses of people I’ve known all my life, even though it was great to reconnect to their children and grandchildren.

Which is why I’m exploring changes — either reducing clutter or talking with the family about moving away from the land of government work. I couldn’t picture myself working as a lobbyist 2 years ago. I don’t think that will change now.

So, if you had to rethink your life, what would you do or where would you choose to go?

The family conversation has led to a lot of surprises. Sporadic changes have started breaking through like sunshine. We started to repaint the kitchen (which had been in a holding pattern, partly due to the heat and humidity and partly due to the unending tyranny of travel).

Due to the heat, I’ve been reading a lot more than knitting. Two books particularly broke through the gloom of impending thunderstorms and ever present humidity.

Paper Love: Searching for the Girl my Grandfather Left Behind” by Sarah Wildman. Thoughtful, somewhat devastating read about the author’s research into people her family left behind in Berlin. It’s fascinating and interesting to see the research connections and learn the choices that saved people (or didn’t).

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” by Winifred Watson. An enjoyable farce from 1938 (filled with glamorous 1930s nightclubs and some typecasting). I can’t remember if Dovegreyreader‘s site or Cornflower‘s site that recommended it, or if I read about it on the Persephone Books site, and remembered it when I saw it on the library shelves. Anyway, whoever told me about it, thank you.

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4 Responses to “Sporadic like sunshine”


  1. 1 itwasjudith August 21, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Sorry to hear about the loss of a beloved aunt. Although it’s part of the natural cycle of life, it’s so difficult to adapt to that kind of changes.
    Maybe it’s good to give ourselves more time, whenever possible, for our lives, relationships and to adapt to changes that life brings.
    Hope the good surprises will somehow bring some sunrays in sad times.
    The books you mention sound really interesting!

    • 2 wordtapestry August 22, 2017 at 12:03 am

      Thank you. And yes, I did need to give myself time to just feel numb in order to figure out he new normal. All the best. And Paper Love is really interesting, but a hard read.

  2. 3 Anne Bonney August 23, 2017 at 10:40 am

    So sorry about your aunt. You are so right about needing time to adjust to the new “normal” in our lives after a loss. My thoughts are with you.

    • 4 wordtapestry September 5, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Yep. Everyone in the family one generation down from my aunt feel like a great delayering had happened, and we’re responsible for what is passed on to the next generation. No protective cover. 🙂 Thanks for your thoughts.


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