The Things My Mother Never Taught Me

My mother never taught me to arrange flowers

There are times as I have grown older when I’ve suddenly realised I don’t know something that everyone else seems to know. Does that happen to you? These bits and pieces of information have been many and varied throughout my life. But they cropped up constantly when I was a young adult. Usually it was…

Never The Same

The day of my 16th birthday dawned hot and clear. The bright Melbourne sky seared impossibly blue outside my bedroom window. It was the first day of the school year. Year 11 beckoned. I could hear some commotion in Mum and Dad’s room, next to mine. Small noises, sighs and groans as they moved around…

Transition? You are not alone

Tram, Burke Road

Looking out the tram window, I panicked. Oh no! That was my stop! Quickly, I pulled the cord, high above my head, but it was too late. It sailed onwards – the tram would wait for no man, or little girl even. My heart was in my mouth as we travelled slowly up Burke Road…

Honour My Parents? Really?

Love

Part Two of Living on Purpose “Being a parent is the most important job anyone could ever do.” I read that statement by Christian rock legend Larry Norman when I was six months pregnant with my first baby, and I was completely flabbergasted. I mean, really? To me, important jobs were things like being a…

Living On Purpose

Now for the big question: What is the most important thing you will ever do while here on earth? Our purpose in life not something we wonder about every day, and most people reflect on these things only later in life. But I’m thinking that’s a little too late. For me, it was only by…

The BIG Coverup

Toys

For some reason this day four-year-old Joseph was cross. And I was cross back at him. I was asking him to do something which I thought quite reasonable. I can’t remember exactly . . .  it may have been to put his toys away. But did he want to do it? No! At this stage,…