Reverb10 – Dec 15 – 5 Minutes

Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010.
(Author: Patti Digh)

Riding through London on a Routemaster bus with my son

He loves buses – to the point where he spends vast amounts of his time browsing fleet databases and can tell you what model vehicle a bus company in, say, Cumbria, is using. He wants to be a bus driver, and riding on a Routemaster was one of his biggest dreams. We also spent a whole day in the London Transport Museum, which was wonderful. Here he is on one of the Routemasters in the museum, two days before his eighteenth birthday.

Waving my son off at airport security as he flew on his own for the first time

I was equally terrified and proud. (For the record, he was absolutely fine – it was me who was a wreck.)

Finally understanding that my intuition is reliable and deserves to be listened to and acting upon

I realised this year that gnawing, insistent gut feelings are clamouring for your attention for a reason.

Spending five days in Berlin with Leo over Easter

We had a glorious time, walked miles, laughed lots and fell in love with a city I know we’ll visit again. Leo made me a beautiful photo book of all the amazing photos she took chronicling our journey and adventures. Here we are in front of one of the surviving sections of the Berlin Wall.

Walking out in front of a paying crowd to read my own work at Planet Poetika
I had a bad case of imposter syndrome when I realised people were going to be paying their hard-earned money to come and see me perform; but the realisation galvanised me into writing some new material and making sure I was well-prepared. And as we know, it was being asked to participate that kick-started me writing again: on top of writing some new poems I also started working on my novel, which makes me incredibly proud of myself.

Dancing madly with Leo at my work Christmas party
Dancing with Leo makes me feel incredibly happy and loved up and magically free.

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  1. I cant believe that is Ro lol. I really must find that pic of you and he when he was about 2 ish lol.

    Sounds like a lovely year 🙂 x

  2. He’s 6’3″ now. Finding shoes and trousers to fit him is a nightmare!

    Yes, I have had some good experiences this year. There have also been some pretty awful times, although they’re mostly far away enough now for me to be able to look at them as moments that precipitated positive change or gave me the chance to learn or grow in some way. All part of life’s rich tapestry, as my nan would say!


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