Would you like some elevator mucis....I mean...music?
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I cannot imagine what state of mind he was in or what motivated him to think that throwing his little daughter off the highest point of a bridge in Melbourne would solve all his problems. I don't know what would make someone do this in front of his other 2 children - to scar them for life.
The papers have said he is in an "acute psychiatric state" and I'm sure he is. My thoughts go to Darcy's poor mother, who must be insane with grief and to Darcey's 2 brothers, who must be beyond reality right now.
This was their father - the man who is meant to be defender and protector - not perpetrator.
I've been through the Family Court system and I can understand frustration, in its purest form. I've been through it, not only with my own divorce but also with Grant regarding issues about his son, Sam. I can understand the total red anger you feel towards another person, more than likely the other parent, towards the system, towards life.....and, at times, it feels like everyone is blind from the truth which is staring everyone right in the face.
I've had unsavoury thoughts towards the father of my children, towards the mother of my husband's son.....for not doing "the right thing". I've wanted to make a public show or statement to demonstrate how the law assists deception and lies and manipulative behaviour. I've even wanted time alone with both of them, separately, in a padded cell and with a baseball bat.
But I've never.......not for one moment....considered hurting my children or Grant's son. They are the people who matter most to us both. Flesh of our own flesh.......it churns my insides to think of anyone hurting them, physically or otherwise and I would do what I had to do to anyone who did. They are innocence personified.
I cannot dig deep enough into my own psyche to make sense of what has happened to an innocent little 4 year old girl who was about to see her mother and never got there. My mind starts to cave in a little when I imagine the terror she must have felt, falling .....falling.... falling into the deep dark river of her eventual death.
Yet, something tells me that she's got it easy now. She's somewhere where no-one can harm her anymore and she is in the safest place of all. In God's little garden.
I will not pass judgement on her father for I don't know what drove him to this insane moment - to a moment when all sense and reason left him, to a point in time when all things normal left his being and he committed a most horrendous deed.
My thoughts and prayers are with Darcey's mother, who has lost a piece of herself for this lifetime and she will never be the same again. the horrid thoughts going through her mind as she wonders what Darcey's last moments were like.........and for Darcy's little brothers. One will probably not remember this but the 7 year old will be scarred beyond comprehension, for his lifetime.
My thoughts and prayers are with those 3 people, who today, are in the most indescribable place, emotionally, spiritually and totally.
I don't think, aside from India, that I have experienced such unbearable heat. I walked out of my office today to be hit in the face with stifling heat, the kind that makes you feel like you just can't breathe.
Then......................an idiot boy jogs past me! Hey, Neanderthal Man!! It's too hot to jog, you damn fool - elderly people are dying from dehydration - have a little resp....*puff, puff puff*....etc. Res.....*puff puff*....pect. This is just too hot to be yelling at stupid people. So I walked back into my air-conditioned comfort and resumed breathing properly.
You know when it's REALLY hot and your nose turns up into the wind, looking for little pockets of cool air, like a retriever with it's head out of a car window? That's the look I had as I walked down the street this afternoon....... there was just no relief.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Something inside me was ringing small little alarm bells after Saturday night's debacle. Adam had cut his foot open cleaning up broken glass and accidentally stepped on a piece which cut his foot quite badly. Not wanting to "ruin" my Saturday night dinner with friends, he decided he'd tell me about it on Sunday morning. Well, one look at the wound and we were off to the hospital. I could see straight away that it wasn't just a superficial cut and that it needed more attention that it had already received. Alex had, in my absence, attended to him really, really well but she wasn't aware of how deep and how serious the cut really was.
So, after x-rays were done and it was discovered that he still had a wedge of glass implanted in his foot, we were sent home until they located a plastic surgeon who could remove it. This being a Public Holiday and all, it was deemed nigh on impossible so antibiotics and painkillers in hand, we went home.
But something niggled at me. Not sure but it all seemed rather anti-climactic, like unfinished business. I rang the next day to find out that they had 'overlooked' putting Adam on the surgery list.....is this what they call Mother's instinct?
A wonderful, wonderful triage nurse "back-pedalled' and had him on today's list.
So, there we were, just the two of us, waiting, waiting, waiting.......and it's at this time - in retrospect - that I realise how powerful a parent's presence can be. For 10 hours, Adam and I played games that we made up on the spot like Name as many bands starting with the letter "B" and Name as many animals consecutively starting with the alphabet and Name as many countries/towns starting with the alphabet.
BUT the best game we played was using the surgical gloves we found as turkey giblet things and wearing them on our heads - well Adam's head to be exact - I have pics. We also used the 'paper' undies he was given to use during surgery as a hat and then a mask! Gotta say we snorted so much that even the staff were laughing at us. Not to mention trying not to laugh outloud at an elderly gentleman who was sharing the waiting ward with us who kept inadvertently "letting Polly out of prison".
So we were finally wheeled off to pre-op and Adam became very quiet, which I expected. False bravado aside, I think he was nervous as he's never undergone surgery leave alone general anaesthetic before. The plastic surgeon came out and introduced himself and asked Adam "So, young Mr. Bailey, what are we doing for you today?" I responded "Ummmm, a circumcision isn't it? The surgeon replies "It's what I've got here on my chart".....AAAAAAARGH!
Once they took him off to surgery, I was left facing the empty space where my son was lying, laughing with me only moments ago and, for a brief moment, my imagination went some place dark and morbid and the pain I felt in my heart ......well...I can't totally encompass the words to convey the heartache. Silly woman!
Once he came to, I went to see him in post op, which coincidentally was also pre-op - just the other side of the room - ingenius! My son was off his flying nut! He was laughing and talking very, very LOUDLY. The entire staff came to hear the racket and even they started laughing at him. "Can we have KFC now, MUM? This stuff is WONDERFULLLLL. I don't FEEEEL anything. I FEEEEEL good. Mum, I'm happy and they found my blood but it spurted everywhere and the lady said I had good veins".
Relief? You have no idea how relaxed your own body can become when relief seeps in. Yes, relief! My son was swinging from the vines but he was happy and out of pain and - better - the glass was out of his foot, finally. They saved it in a container and it was larger than we all thought ti would be - poor thing.
Anyway, it's quietish now and, on reflection, it has surprised me how calm I have been today and how patient I've been. Patience and I have never been the best of friends yet when it came to one of my treasured children, I had all the patience in the world. I had all the time to play word games and surgical glove games and talk endlessly about 'stuff'......
It was a very beautiful moment when Adam suddenly realised that I had been playing those games with him to distract him - that I wasn't trying to relieve my own boredom because I really wasn't bored at all. He was truly amazed at how distracted he DID become and how involved he got with the games we played and how grateful he was for the effort. it was when he said "I'm going to remember this for when I have kids" and that meant the world to me.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Alex has redeemed my dilemma by choosing to spend her 18th money on her school fees and will worry about her rego and insurance when the time comes. So......that has been solved and an air of calm has descended on her (and me but only about this topic), which has pacified me some.
However, just as I was settling myself nicely into the couch of comfort in my mind, Adam cut his foot open on some broken glass on Saturday night and didn't tell me about it until Sunday afternoon. So......a dash to the hospital uncovers a deep wound with a piece of glass still lodged quite deeply in his foot and has now positioned itself horizontally. So surgery is required with nary a plastic surgeon to be found because it's a Public Holiday (Australia Day).
Squeaky wheel gets the oil and now we're going back to the hospital tomorrow with the possibility that he'll be operated on tomorrow afternoon but no guarantee.
How can I be worn out when the year is so new? This was meant to be a very relaxing long weekend and I am not relaxed yet. I can't find my smile and nothing is very funny right now.
One of these days, this blog is gonna showcase my sense of humour - just not right now.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I have this alterego that lives inside my shell - I call her Other Shaz - and she talks to me regularly. I suspect she could be my conscience but I didn't think consciences would be sarcastic and Other Shaz is very sarcastic.
I've spoken to her many times, while I'm driving alone, and she helps me navigate. We've even ended up in fights like the time I was driving through St. Kilda looking for Fitzroy Street and it seemed to disappear? She says to me "Whaddya mean it's disappeared??? A street can't just disappear. You haven't looked hard enough" to which I reply "Whaddya mean I haven't looked hard enough???? Did you think I just like driving around blindly?" She says "So where is it? Where is Fitzroy Street?" I say, I DON'T KNOW, SMARTARSE!!! You seem to know everything - YOU tell me where it went!"
I don't have a profile for Other Shaz - I don't know what she looks like and I don't know when she will show up and when she'll disappear. She just comes whenever she feels like it.
It's not like a multiple personality disorder because I'm still here when she comes. Other Shaz made me jump off the top deck on a three masted schooner in Greece KNOWING that I can't swim. She just kept on at me and at me and at me...."Gwan, ya chicken....jump!! JUMP!!" and then, to stop the nagging, I did what she asks.
Other Shaz sometimes sits on my shoulder, like a comical devil, and files her nails while passing judgement/comment and, on occasion I've been known to respond to her sarcasm outloud. She finds this hysterically funny and I've found it socially homicidal.
Other Shaz also saves me sometimes. She injects humanity into me some days and she reminds me what it's like to be human and make mistakes......she's so unpredictable and I never know whose side she's on, on any given appearance. I just have to go with her flow.
She makes life a whole heap more exciting and I wouldn't be rid of her because she's adventurous and exciting.....and she's very very funny.
Friday, January 23, 2009
I have always, and will continue to, have an addictive relationship with books as far as I can remember. I love books! They represent so much more to me - another dimension, another world, a chance to reinvent myself and take the role of the main protagonist and go somewhere for the duration of the page count. It's a chance to live, learn and travel to new places, even if it's only in your mind.
In all my time of discovery, I have introduced myself to thousands of books and they have either become my new best friend or they've been piffed on the hard rubbish of my life.
I try to make friends with every book I open - each book has an unique personality, much like a fingerprint and I try not to pass judgement by purely looking at it's cover and creating my own perception of what it really is about on the inside - a bit like people, really. Sometimes I'm really good and my book surprises me, pleasantly and then I pat myself on the back for having the depth of perception to choose it, not for what it looked like but for what it was, inside - oh, clever little me...
Other times, I justify the 'bad pick' because (wait for it) it was a wolf in sheep's clothing - it certainly wasn't ME choosing it purely on the basis that it said "erotic"....or...."sexual tension" on the back cover, certainly I wouldn't be as superficial as that. It certainly wasn't the Rubinesque Renaissance beauty on the cover, draped in burgundy and gold with voluptuous thighs and pert breasts.....would I choose a book purely because of the promise of romance and deviance? I think not.
Which is why I choose biographies, for the most part. What type of biographies? Oh, the ones about people's lives - duh.
Today, Grant took me to lunch at the top end of Bourke Street, where there sits an old bookshop with the most delectable and inviting titles in the window. The Hill of Content has a history in Melbourne that I have only just discovered (today, in fact) and in keeping with it's quaint title, has a certain 'olde worlde' charm once you step over it's threshhold. It has an ambience of antique paper and pipe smoking, an immediate relaxed and peaceful feeling overcomes you once you trail the shelves for titles not always found in your Borders, Angus and Robertson, Collins-type bookstore. Ironically, the Hill of Content was bought by Angus & Robertson in 1951, after the owner no longer wished to run it because his son died.
As you quietly ascend the crimson-lined albeit worn out carpet and the dark carved timber stairs with it's Victorian-style balustrading to the first floor, a sense of anticipation creeps in - you just don't know what's waiting for you upstairs and......with a sense of relief, it doesn't disappoint. Bound copies of the classics, one-off editions of artists catalogues, beautifully bound classic literature for the discerning reader.....my heart stepped up a notch, pounding. It was like finding the most precious treasure, right here, in my own backyard.
Eyes devour titles delicately stacked sideways - the nose takes in the beautiful, comforting smell of "oldness" - like being at Grandma's house after she's baked a home-made apple pie and the heart takes flight. For here, in this little bookshop, which has it's own history, there are new friends - yet to be made. New acquaintances to get to know and new souls to take back home with you, knowing that this new friendship .......is a keeper.
I have found a peaceful oasis where I know I will revisit and visit again. This place has beckoned for weeks and months and today I gave in and was rewarded handsomely.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I'm not pacified any more than I was yesterday, sadly. Alex's attitude stinks bigtime and I find myself not wanting to co-operate or help her. How unmotherly is this? She manages to offend me and push my buttons more and more frequently to the stage where I just want to walk away and let her learn from the School of Hard Knocks. I want to help.......but i only want to help if she also helps herself.
So........I'm in that place where I'm debating internally. "Let her learn by making her own mistakes".......or..........."You're her mother - you have to guide her". Thing is, she doesn't want guidance because she thinks she knows everything. In fact, she's sure she knows it all. THAT whole attitude, in itself, shows me how naive and immature she really is. Her choices, so far, have not really worked in her benefit.
What is it with this generation? They want freedom and independence and autonomy so long as someone else provides and pays for it? Just basic intelligence will tell you that if someone is paying your way, you are NOT independent, fool.......
I'm finding that being the mother to my 18 year old is not particularly satisfying or enjoyable at this moment.
Or is it because of her refusal to help herself in preference to having a good time? Rather than look for another job, she's galavanting around the place - or so it appears from my vantage point - I could be wrong.
I'm just annoyed at her lack of motivation and dynamicism (is that a word????). I'm annoyed that Carl has bought her a car so that's another "gimme" that she hasn't had to work for and now she would like me to pay for her TAFE fees ...........and I won't.
I hate this! I hate this! I hate hate hate hate this! I hate this whole situation and I'm angry because I feel like it's been unfairly thrust upon me..........I'm done with confrontation and arguments and the dischord. I've done battle for so many years and I'm tired and worn out and fed up.
I wish that Alex was more cooperative and amenable and open-minded and calm and approachable.
I wish I was anywhere but here right now.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Speaking of inspiration, my cousin Dave and his girlfriend are traipsing around South America and his blog duo-dinamico.livejournal.com is nothing short of inspiration so if you get bored with my blog, I'm more than happy for you to skip to his so long as I still get credit for entertainment value.
Okay, today I'm feeling a bit low to be honest. I debated whether to reveal that or not and couldn't think of a reason why I would keep my mood hidden. I am carefully walking a small tightrope of dilemma with Alex. She was just been accepted do to a TAFE course but the fees are upfront. We've set aside money for her registration and insurance for her car but I strongly feel that this money should go towards her TAFE fees. The dilemma is that if we don't come up with the money, she'll 'get' it elsewhere - loan it from a friend etc, which irks me.
I am trying to get her to embrace adulthood and not rely on others for her keep. I have all these wonderful ideas in my head - they all follow the perfect solution which may not come to fruition, I might add but ever the optimist, I feed these ideas.
One the one hand, I could scrape/beg/rob Peter to pay Paul and pay the fees but I have a moral predicament with this idea. It is firmly my own opinion that Alex needs to pay for her own education in order to totally value it. She currently has an air of entitlement that bothers me and so I believe that she needs to work and sacrifice from her own efforts rather than mine. I don't think one totally feels the effort of anything if it's catered for by someone else.
The other side of me feels the parental responsibility to ensure that I am enabling her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. There's a biological pull that says that this is kinda still my job, isn't it? Another voice says that my job was completed when she finished high school.
Alex has wanted for nothing and, for my own reasons, I have tried my best to compensate for things that her Dad should have done for her but, for his own reasons, he chose not to. In doing so, I believe I have helped create a spoiled child who believes that she is owed everything. Hence, my decision to get her to work and pay for her own education.
Thing is, she has said that she will borrow the money from her boyfriend to pay for her fees which is the opposite of the lesson I am trying to teach her. I don't understand why she doesn't want to do for herself. I don't understand this penchant to rely on other people....
Internally, I feel torn. I am in a sticky situation - which in itself causes me discomfort - and there doesn't seem to be a right answer available. I don't want to punish her or make life harder for her but, on the other hand, I don't want to present everything - yet again - on a platter to her.
If I pay, then I'm perpetuating the spoiled child syndrome and there's no guarantee she will treat her studies seriously. If I don't pay, what are the consequences, short-term and long-term of that?
To top it off, she no longer has her part-time job and has started the search of other work but that's not going to happen before this Tuesday.
At some stage, my 18 year old has to embrace the freedoms and the accompanying responsibilities and hardships of being an adult.
Someone somewhere is stressing, waiting for serious medical
life-or-death test results as I sit here, pondering my daughter's future.
Someone, somewhere is waiting for a response to their migration application which will impact their entire future, while I sit here, pondering my daughter's future.
Someone, somewhere is
bent over with grief, waiting for the hearse to come collect their loved one,
while I sit here, pondering my daughter's future.
Someone, somewhere is strapped in
an overturned car, waiting for the ambulance to come save and stop their
lifeblood from draining......while I sit here, pondering my daughter's
Someone, somewhere is sitting, pondering their daughter's future,
while I put my sneakers on go and for a very long walk to air my
Monday, January 19, 2009
I thought it would be funny to publicly let everyone know about my sister and her yoghurt thrush thing, okay? You won't believe what's happened to me! I suddenly - out of nowhere, like REALLY out of nowhere - got thrush????!!!! I haven't had this for over 10 years and now, after just casually mentioning it - purely to be funny - it comes out of nowhere! Not happy Jan. Moving on..... I think my sister got her majik juju doll and conjured the yeast infection fairies to rain on my parade.
It's so goddamn hot that I haven't got the energy or motivation to take pics and I'm afraid I've fallen off my photo-a-day journal thingy. I WILL get back on the horse but not while it's so bloody hot.
You know today's been a funny sort of day. It's culminated into a concentration of friends who are just having a shitty time out of life right now. I won't mention them individually - that's personal - but really, when I look closely, I can count five definite close mates who life is not being kind to right now. Thing for me is that I take on their pain and feel the burden of their darkness because, maybe for similar reasons and, in some cases, with no similarity at all, I empathise with their sadness/disappointments/hurt.
I remember walking down my own personal corridor of healing and it took longer than the books said it should. I couldn't find that magic door to release the pain and start again. I stumbled, most days, violently rattling doors that just wouldn't open or opening the wrong door.......and frustration and resentment built up. I'm a control freak and I wasn't in control. No matter the decisions I made, it seemed like going through a maze that would only bring me back to the beginning to start again.
I know a few of my friends are going through this right now and, like my own circumstances, no-one can really help. You see, they are on this side of the river, trying to get to the other side, where safety and peace abides, and the perilous water in between is infested by sharks and crocodiles and water snakes and jagged rocks - and they have to manouevre through this torrent that rages - to get to the other side. That's the prize, you see......
I hope you are reading this and that you know that I am here and I am wading into the water, hand outstretched to help you and to try and help your footing as you make that first step. You're going to slip and you're going to fall and you're going to panic.....and worse, you're going to want to go back. .......and I'm your friend, in the truest sense and I won't let you go back. Why? Because I crossed the river and I am on the serene, calm side and it is so worth the struggle to keep your footing through the rage and through the confusion and still persevere forward - to ignore the dragging desire to turn around and go back to what you think is 'safety'.
I am feeling your hurt and your sadness. I can see it in your eyes and I know that this is not what you envisioned your life to include as part of your journey. Nothing horrid ever is planned, is it?
At various times during the day, my mind wanders to you - yes YOU - and I wonder how you're coping and what your internal dialogue is saying to you at that moment and what level of sadness are you feeling......... so know that I do more than just spare a thought. I worry and I care, genuinely.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Last night, the soldier was revealed!
He is Jack Pearson from the 42nd or 46th (I'd had too many white wines by this stage) Lancashire regiment. He fathered children with my great-grandmother, of which my grandmother, Doris was one of them.
I'm quite gerschtumped today, to tell you the truth. I've always been quite used to a hodge podge of family history and, never once, did I stop to look at those family tree things becasue I always suspected that I would never get to the truth. Well truth revealed itself to me between prosciutto wrapped prunes and fried haloumi with lemon juice at my Mum and Dad's place.
I've never asked about my family history because I'd naturally assumed that no-one knew. I was also very suspicious of anyone who said that they did know, puttin git down to the probability that 'someone' was just painting the canvas the way they wanted to view the painting.
By pure deduction - and you really don't have to be a genius to get to this hypothesis - I worked out that our Anglo-Indian sub-culture was formed by soldiers from the British Army creating new families - intentionally or, as I suspect, otherwise - during their occupation in India. Once India gained Independence, they returned to Great Britain to resume their old lives. I further suspect that a vast majority of these soldiers already had well-established families waiting for their return and so their placebo families in India were left to survive on their own. It would be poignant to note now that there is not social security system in India so one was always left to rely on realtives and immediate family for support of all types.
When that support went back to Britain, these women were left - much like their Vietnamese counterparts during the Vietnam War - to fend for themselves. God knows how they did it. My grandmother, Doris, was one of these children - created by circumstance.
So.........in search of Jack Pearson - here goes!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Very thought provoking movie last night and I was sitting next to the worst critic in the wrold and even he thought it was great. Gives you heaps to talk about later and even more to ponder privately and I LOVE a movie that elicits that.
I'm still in two minds whether I viewed the main character as brave or as a coward. Is there such a thing as cowardly bravure.....or brave cowardice? Elements of both I guess.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.
There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
No-one wants to hear how crap you feel so I'll sign off now - nothing to add apart from "feeling crap today".
Monday, January 12, 2009
Today was spent deliciously celebrating Alex's 18th birthday with the closest family members. No pomp, no circumstance, no formalities - a brilliant BBQ at Funfields in Melbourne's sensational summer.
Retrospectively speaking, today (yesterday) was one of those warm, bubbly days that makes you so grateful for the gorgeous people in your life. I've had a past which was very different to the life I have now. I've had lifelong friends, from school, from travel, from work and they've all played a wonderful part in that previous life. However, with the reinvention and 9 year long tranformation from Sharon Bailey to Sharon Johnston, most of them have had to be cut loose for a variety of reason, which I'm choosing not to elabroate on.
I have discovered new friends and the creme-de-la-creme - my family. They've always been there, mind you - some longer than others but we've all slowly evolved to this place - the "here and now' - where we've bonded in what I can only describe as a 'safe, warm, cosy, cocoon of marshmallowy soft love'. I feel blessed. I think of them individually and collectively and wonder what did I do right in this life to have them all under my personal umbrella of love? I am very, very lucky.
"Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such". Henry Miller.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Just being alive, it can really hurt and these moments given are a gift from time.
Just let us try to give these moments back to those we love, to those who will survive"
Isn't it wonderful that some of us have precious little pockets of recollections that, upon opening, release a powder puff of smells and sounds and feelings that just take you back to that moment and, for a brief instance, you're back there....and it feels brilliant! As time sails by, these moments turn from bronze to silver to gold to pure white bliss.
.... sitting in your bedroom, listening to your tapes of Kate Bush for the very first time and feeling like I had just had my eyes and ears opened for the first time. You seemed like you were this elegant and worldly woman to me, shrouded in a young 17 year old body. You just seemed to float above me, beyond me..... your skin was made from fine porcelain and your eyes sparkled with life and joy and you were so very 'different'. You intrigued me.....your unique literary abilities, your intelligence, your beauty, your laugh. I loved your laugh the most because it was effervescent and bubbly and you shook your shoulders when you laughed uncontrollably. I had left home and you opened yours to me. We shared your bedroom that summer with Kate Bush and Eve Arden and Estee Lauder.
.... sitting on the edge of a serene peaceful lake, side by side, each silently going through the autopsy and post mortem of our individual actions and the "where to, from this point?" The lake was everything that we weren't....it was silent and peaceful, crystal clear and cool. Rusty lichen covered rocks made the area feel eerie - not another soul in sight - just us. I remember making a nervously humourous comment "You haven't brought me to some nuclear testing sight, have you?" It accompanies the recollections of a lush, green forest.......and an antique cupboard with a long mirror reflecting a room which served as a retreat from the rest of the world.
"You'll never know that you had all of me. You'll never know the poetry you've stirred in me. Of all the stars I've seen that shine so brightly, I've never known or felt in myself so rightly, It's in me. "
..... you walked in, hidden by a bush of individually stemmed red roses with a grin as wide as the entrance to Luna Park. 80 red roses from the local florist, maxed your credit card, I suspect. Why 80? Because that's all they had, you replied. The nurses following you held the roses in a variety of vases and jugs - they didn't have enough for all the roses you had bought. Those roses said pride and love like nothing else could. We were a family and I had just had your pride and joy.
.... the smell of my freshly bathed babies.....oh Thank You Mr Johnston & Johnston! (how ironic??). Their individual chuckles still give me goosebumps and I cannot help but feel like my chest has fallen through my body when I hear a baby chuckle with laughter. God bless home videos so that I can recall and relive these gorgeous little ingots of time.
.... "I'm looking to the sky to save me, looking for a sign of life. Looking for something to help me burn out bright. I'm looking for a complication. Looking cause I'm tired of lying (trying). Make my way back home when I learn to fly".... Not sure how many times I played that in my car, over and over again, flying down the freeway to your home, leaving mine behind. The adrenalin pumping excitement of knowing I'd be with you in 20 minutes, 15 minutes, 10 minutes. That unsure slightly awkward moment of meeting because we were at that point of knowing that this was something more than just friendship but not knowing who was going to make the next move. Delicious!
Whatever I do is done out of sheer joy; I drop my fruits like a ripe tree. What the general reader or the critic makes of them is not my concern. Henry Miller.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Part of the program targets career enhancement etc etc but a huge part is applicable to my personal life and, after doing some initial groundwork, yesterday was the day that I started making actions to start putting things in place? Sound mysterious? Not really.
My goals for the next month are thus:
- enrol in a photography course, which I have almost done - just waiting for fundage to hit my bank account and I will be starting in February.
- start walking around the massive gardens near work at least 3 times a week - started that already.
- do some regular charity work - have contacted the organisations I want to volunteer for and awaiting responses.
- try to gain control of my increasingly short temper - have contacted the organisations I want to volunteer for and awaiting responses.........okay, okay - this one might take a bit of work......I'm only human.
I think, in life, it's easier to tread water than it is to start swimming forward - in my life anyway - and I want to achieve things. I want to do......I want to experience...... and thinking about these things is Part One of the process but I've decided to empower myself to take it to the next step.
Part of this process is to identify the usually stumbling blocks that make me such a brilliant procrastinator. I should have a PhD in "plausible and reasonable excuses". So.......no more excuses. Only reasons. Reasons why I have to do volunteer work. Reasons why I need/want to progress with my photography. Reasons why it's important to do some regular exercise out in the outdoors. I have all those reasons and I have thrown in some fairly focussed motivations to get these things done - including setting some tangible dates and times that I want it done by. Empowering!!
I like to think that I have the ability to evolve and to grow; to take that step outside of my comfort zone to see what lurks beyond; to challenge my abilities and, when I've regained consciousness, to know my limitations.
I'm toying with the idea of going microlighting. Que'est ce c'est 'microlighting'? It's one of those motorised combobulators that you hurl yourself off a cliff and ......it's hang-gliding with a motor thing. I'm currently researching the statistics of death by microlighting combobulators and will let you know if it's a "thumbs up"....or an "eh".
Part of me is reassessing my mortality and the other part (you know....'other' Shaz - a topic for another entry later on, perhaps) is saying that it's risky, dangerous and could make Grant a widower, or worse, me a paraplegic. Actually, if truth be know'd, 'other Shaz' is saying "Do it, ya lilly-livered peckerhead" and it's Good Shaz that's saying "Think of the kids.....think of G".
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
At the top end of Bourke Street are two famous restaurants that are famous gathering places and haunts of the Melbourne Mafia or Underworld - "top notch posh" restaurants coincidentally also frequented by politicians, celebrities, who's who. One world trying to slink in and out in anonymity, the other sitting on tables on the sidewalk, hoping they'll be recognised and their egos inflated for yet another day.
You walk past the construction workers, packing up for the day. They briefly look up, hoping you're a taut secretary with the highest heels that tighten your calf muscles and, sadly, look back down again because you're wearing your sneakers with your corporate suit and haven't delivered one of the few special treats for them, working in the city.
St. Patrick's stands in all it's newly scrubbed and renovated majesty. Then you see the worst thing - drug dealers and homeboys, sprawling on the lawns of St. Pat's with their hooded jackets, headbands and sunglasses, gesturing fingers flailing their own language to each other. It's hard to say if they're going to stab someone or whether they're going to hug them....or both. The steps of St. Pat's is defiled with the city's vermin, tarnished with the reality of life while a solitary figure in the background, waves a Bible in his hand and preaches to no-one in particular. No-one's listening andhe knows it. Yet this is his message or maybe his penance and he progresses unwavingly...........and there is Flinders Street Station.
The iconic ambience of the station is temporarily set aside for now because it is has to perform its daily duty of shuttling commuters to and fro......train in.......train out....train in......train out.....train cancelled.....train in.....train out.....train cancelled.....train late.....to their homes, where they flop on their couches and exhale.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever...it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything". Aaron Siskind.
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” Elliott Erwitt.
"Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure." Tony Benn.
"A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety. " Ansel Adams.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Isn't happiness that pinpointed moment when you look at a little baby's foot and marvel at it's creation - at five toes , at five fingers each with it's unique print of identity?
Saturday, January 3, 2009
On a stinking hot Melbourne summer day of 40 degrees, we brought her home 18 years ago and, after 7 hours of sleeping solidly in one of those council baby car seats that you're given almost token like from the Family Health Centre, I thought I'd killed her. I remember asking her Daddy to check if she was still breathing.
If I were to close my eyes and examine the montage of how I have experienced her up until now, it goes something like this:
- clean, white baby, squinty eyes and even then stubborn as an ass - refused to breathe until she was ready to on her terms- had every on their toes even then.
- a silouette of her father - this big strong rugby-like built man, sitting in a rocking chair with her safely tucked in his arms, rocking, rocking, rocking until she fell asleep - curtains open, street lights on outside - the rest of the world oblivious that at No. 4 was a little bundle who would not sleep unless her Dad didn't.
- voice like Daffy Duck, inquisitive, energetic, mischievous, gentle but please don't get too close.
- Dark brown curls that were Medusa like - could not get a brush through them - wild yet soft.
- Maternally protective about her brother - "...but why is he cwying, Mummy? Mistuh? Why yah yoo cwying? Mistuh? accompanied by a solid kiss on his forehead. "Ay (Ali) sit with you, Mistuh? You yah vewwy noithy boyyo"
- First word said, first time walking, first tooth out, first day at school, first friend.......first born tore my heart open. Could not help but love her.
- First day at school - happy, friendly, all these new friends.....
- Take my photo, Daddy..... "Wiggle it, just a little bit. C'mon wiggle it...."
- Tears of pure heartache when told about Mummy and Daddy separating - her heart shattered and the echo of her grief will remain with me forever. I prefer to scan over these years - her hurt is still too much for me to recall.
- First day at high school - "OMG! I look like a nun, please take my hem up!!"
- Sleep overs with friends, school camp - first time away from Mum and her Dad - first time Mummy ran after the bus yelling to the driver "Look after my baby!" closely followed with the first public humiliation experienced.
- Growing into a young girl with very strong opinions, very strong personality - athletic, sporty, humourous, loud, gregarious.
- Spreading her wings, ready to fly but still only 14 years old - this is very frustrating.
- End of high school....big open world out there.
No relation to the berries in the pics - was chomping on fresh summer berries and Toblerone dip this evening and became reflective.........
Friday, January 2, 2009
Isn't it funny how we judge - despite bleating out to the world that we don't - we do. We see people and initially form some sort of judgement about who they are, what they're seemingly about and where they fit into our lives - or don't fit, as the case may be sometimes.
Sticksy has grown on me and I have developed a tremendous amount of respect for him after he handled some prickly situations between Alex and me in the last few years. In his own way, he has calmed and shown direction, shown love and patience when it was most needed....
Sticksy ate some of my Clinkers today and tried to guess what flavour they were inside.....he got them wrong but I still let him eat my Clinkers.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
If this becomes boring, then it will be here purely to amuse me until my Masters in May......if you get a laugh out of it, then I'm a happy camper but remember, this is for 365 days. Not every day is going to be funny.....it invariably ever is. I'd also like to think that I can be totally honest and you will accept that from me.
I have no doubt that life will provide me with enough fodder this year to make it minutely interesting but I'm not intending on blowing out the truth to purely reach that expectation, okay? "WOW! The truth....." You say?? Mmmmmm, might try that out for a little while - it seems to have worked well for me this last few years.