Baby Sisters, Birthdays and Buckets of Tea

One summer afternoon, more than 4 decades ago, a 3 year old little girl watched her mummy and her new baby sister sleeping on the bed. The recently fed baby girl had her tiny fists tightly curled and the 3 year old took one of the tiny fists in her own little hand. It was …

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Birthdays Past and Present

  Two months ago my older daughter, Rajini celebrated her 19th birthday. This was her second birthday away from her family. When she was at home, my thoughts at this time would have been focused on planning the birthday party because this daughter is the one who enjoys gatherings of family and friends combined with …

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Rising…

Last week Sunday, a little after midday, as I was preparing to take a shower, an unusual sight caught my eye. Through the bathroom window, I saw a huge john crow (a Jamaican name for a vulture) flying very low and close to the house. From my perch in the shower, looking out the window, …

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A Mother’s Day Reflection

On Mother's Day this year, the person who brought me into this world is enjoying a trip of a lifetime with a person that I brought into this world. My mother and her firstborn granddaughter are at the tail end of a two week excursion to Vietnam, enjoying the sights, the food, the cultural activities …

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“You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you” – Khalil Gibran

Last month I had the pleasure of spending a quiet Ash Wednesday at home with my younger daughter. It was just the two of us, because her dad was away travelling for work, and her older sister has been away at college since last September. Both of us were engrossed in our own work, but …

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Lost and Found (part 2)

  Sometime in the first half of this year, we got an unusual phone call at home. It was about 5pm, and I had just come home from work, changed and was settling down to my customary evening cup of tea. The phone rang and my husband answered, It turned out to be Bryte, my …

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Birthday Present

December is my favourite month of the year. The sound of lawn mowers and the scent of fresh cut grass, the cool"Christmas breeze" stroking my skin and ruffling my hair, clear blue skies and lush green everywhere after the October rains, and the first Christmas carol on the radio are things I look forward to …

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