Settling in

30 Aug

We did indeed move the lounge, and it looks much better over there under the window. Funny thing I hadn’t realised is just how many photos of my Dad I brought with me. No teaspoons, not enough clothes and barely any books, but photographs everywhere. There he is: there and there and there. I might put one or two of them away. Not because I love him less, but because it’s too much. It’s just too much.

The lads have gone back to school today. Nervous, they were in their own different ways. They didn’t know which class they were in or which friends they would have. One of them worries his shoes will pinch, the other realises that he has outgrown Lightning McQueen and gratefully accepts my black backpack.

I remember those nerves, don’t you? And it’s not so much the nerves, but the fact that when you are six, you have no idea that everyone feels this way. In that respect, it’s easier being forty than it is being six.

Nerves wore off quickly, and excitement settled in. They hugged their friends, made bunny ears behind each other’s backs, then started thumb wars. And in that respect, it’s better being six than it is being nearly forty one.

So, here I am, alone for just a few hours in the house, about to get my butcher’s paper and textas out and get to novel work, bouyed as I am by this rather lovely review.


13 Responses to “Settling in”

  1. The Coffee Lady August 30, 2009 at 10:50 am #

    I don’t think I could live without teaspoons. Will you be okay?

  2. ThirdCat August 30, 2009 at 11:01 am #

    Coping so far.

  3. blackbird August 30, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    That’s a lovely review. Bravo.

  4. Stomper Girl August 31, 2009 at 4:32 am #

    I can’t read the review, must be incompatible with my computer or something. Anyway. Glad Spaion and Edinburgh went so well, good luck with settling back in.

  5. Melody August 31, 2009 at 7:02 am #

    Monet was v. excited to be actually going to school yesterday… I felt a bit scared for her but she didn’t let on if she was scared.

    Hope your boys ended up having a great day. And you got yourself to Lulu’s or someplace and bought some teaspoons. One cannot have enough teaspoons.

  6. Cristy August 31, 2009 at 7:45 am #

    It is a great review. Yay you.

    Am just starting your book. Am quite excited.

  7. Cristy August 31, 2009 at 7:47 am #

    Oh yeah and I am so with The Coffee Lady on the teaspoons. I LOVE teaspoons – partly because I despise ‘big’ spoons. They hurt my mouth.

  8. Deborah August 31, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

    I regularly buy more teaspoons, usually at the supermarket, because I get to the crockery and kitchen things aisle, and realise that our teaspoons have all been quietly disappearing, because of reasons, of course.

    So, here I am, alone for just a few hours in the house, about to get my butcher’s paper and textas out and get to novel work

    [wriggles in delighted anticipation]

  9. Mummy Crit August 31, 2009 at 4:05 pm #

    Yeah, I need teaspoons, even though I’ve weaned myself off sugar in my tea…

  10. SQ September 1, 2009 at 6:40 am #

    What an excellent review. And you do need teaspoons, because they make ice cream and desserts last longer. Buy at least four.

  11. faithh September 1, 2009 at 7:32 am #

    Lovely review and lovely post and lovely day ahead of you from the sounds of it. Enjoy.

  12. suse September 1, 2009 at 10:37 am #

    Lovely review. Myself, I’m up to Chapter 4 and enjoying the ride.

    Would you like us to send you teaspoons?

  13. Laura September 1, 2009 at 1:35 pm #

    I know Gillian and she is an exceptional critic, and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of modern fiction. Good stuff!

    I’ve got a nice Renmark souvenir teaspoon you can have if you need it.

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