Rumpled blankets. A dream about a favorite Uncle I have not seen for such a long time. A child off school for yet another hospital appointment scheduled just in time to see an unusual swelling on his lip. A funny taste in my mouth. Kinfolk magazine. Plans for homemade pizza. Three vanilla lattes. A long chat with my Mum. A lie I cannot fathom. The palest pink hyacinth. A cat that wants to sleep on the curtain pole. Blinking at my inbox hoping to magic something up that isn’t there. Hurry. Mess. Cold.

Leftover chili. A sore throat. A flannel soaked in hot water and eucalyptus oil so that I can breathe. Copious amounts of pineapple juice to soothe a hacking cough. A broken cup. Candles that have dripped their way to a blister in the paintwork. Revelations from a ten year old with more sense in his little finger than I have in my whole body. Photographs I cannot take. Falling behind schedule already. A weekend cancelled. Plans for the cinema. Plans for an epsom salt bath. Plans for a better nights sleep.

Today. A snuggly cream cardigan and a scarf so huge my head is a mere pimple upon it. Warmth. Nigel Slater, a man to see me through this long, desolate month. Irritation with someone I like. Breasts tender with too much womanhood. Hayley withering away on Coronation street. Breakfast not yet made. Not a child in the house washed. Cold feet. Today.

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2 comments on “Today

  1. ….a necklace being made and infused with deeply felt gratitude and love for the lovely woman who will soon be wearing it.
    Be gentle with yourself today. Heal.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. (Sarah BanBreathnach)

  2. Barbara on said:

    What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger….right?
    That’s if you want to be strong…
    Some days are made for weakness and lightness of worldly issues. Some self TLC is called for now. Tomorrow, or the day after that, will be soon enough to be strong.

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