Looking forward

Well, I spoke to the pharmacist and got a phone appointment with the doctor so I feel a lot more positive.

In spite, or because of, that I have decided to start writing some kind of memoir so that when I have passed on the grandchildren will have some idea of life before their time. I realised after my parents had died I knew so little about them. Also, as we no longer keep photo albums there is no record of our recent lives in picture format.

I hope I can keep up the enthusiasm but it will take a bit of research and I’m not too good at that. I tend to look forward, not back, as I may have written before. Things that mattered to me no longer matter to today’s children so I will have to choose whether to put in what I cared about or write with the possible readership in mind. Don’t ever let me be accused of being boring!

When I was young I used to buy a postcard of everywhere I went, holidays, art galleries, museums.churches ( I had a phase of exploring Georgian churches in London) railway stations, gardens, zoos, mansions. I was fascinated by buildings. There’s no saying my descendents will feel the same so selection of images will be important. I feel really sad that the church I went to has lost its rearados. I must have spent hours at services, just staring up at it. It was probably because the place has gone multi-faith so Jesus on the cross was a bit distracting. Mind you, that was up in 1953 so it might just have crumbled away.

Now to sort out our pancakes. Hubby likes syrup and I like lemon and sugar.


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I am a retired schoolteacher now writing novels in Worthing where I live with my husband. After eight locally based relationship novels I have now written a children's story which could be considered a pastiche of Beverley Nichol's works which I loved as a child and still remember fondly. " Penny Down the Drain" may remind folk of " Alice in Wonderland " or " Narnia." but it is set in the 21st century. Our two sons are similarly creative as one is a journalist and the other an actor. When there is no pandemic I am the publicity secretary for Worthing Friendship Centre and listen to live music , folk and jazz.

6 thoughts on “Looking forward”

  1. There’s so much I would like to ask my parents, such a lot of questions that never occurred to me when they were alive.

    I’ve told my children lots about my life and I write a daily journal but I think reading about what I had to eat or drink, or my feelings on any given day would make very boring reading for them. Haha, I think I’ve just described most people’s Facebook pages!

    I hope all goes well with the doctor’s appointment, but what a pity he can’t be seen in person, you would have expected a chest cough to be listened to at the time, not put on hold for two weeks.


      1. Oh, Julie, I am so sorry to hear that. Did the doctor explain which disease it was and the likely cause?
        I ask because my mum had two kinds of lung disease and lived for many years after her initial diagnosis.

        My mum’s was caused by 1. previous years of smoking, and 2. the second unrelated disease was caused because of the job she held for many years at the printers.

        If he hasn’t explained, you are quite within your rights to find out from your consultant who would have made the diagnosis, what type of lung disease this is and the type.


  2. Sorry I hadn’t finished writing and editing and clicked send by mistake. I meant to say it COULD be caused by environmental issues, bacterial or fungus.
    I’m glad he’s having a scan it will show more than his chest X-ray did.


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