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Sitting around drinking hot chocolate…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings on 19 February 2015 by misselisabethuk

A friend of mine, some years back, told me he spent every Saturday morning at an infamous coffee house writing his blog and planning his next podcast. I thought this was such a cool way of spending a Saturday morning, watching the world go by, as he sat, looking out on to a busy street with people rushing around, whilst contemplating the world and drinking coffee (or favourite beverage) but as I stop and think back now about that scene I now know why it appealed to me it was because it represented a lifestyle which I clearly didn’t and probably would never have.

For me Saturday mornings were and are always that time of the weekend where, if I can, I catch at least another hours sleep and then get busy with the household chores that I never got round to during the week – working full time. An industrious time, a full and busy schedule; one load of washing out and in to the tumble dryer and another load of washing in, empty the dishwasher and fill it back up again with the assorted plates, cups etc left on the side, cleaning down sides and of course the dreaded oven and hob. Saturday mornings = detergents, cleaners, cloths, lifting, scrubbing, hoovering, sweating and cold cups of tea.

So why do I sit here now and reflect on this? Well I know it’s not quite the Saturday morning coffee shop experience I described above but as I sit here with a hot chocolate in hand at the gym, waiting for my son to finish his spin class, I can’t help imagining again my friend’s experience. To me this sitting around drinking hot chocolate feels indulgent and almost a little odd but I can see that the ideal that once appealed to me still very much appeals.

I will continue to aspire to that Saturday morning ideal, stick it on a bucket list and wait for retirement when I will have the time (but maybe not the health) to enjoy such a thing. They say nothing happens in life unless you make it happen, maybe it’s time for a change and I actually make this happen… Eh?!

Spring has sprung…

Posted in Daily Jollop with tags , , , , , , , , , on 19 February 2015 by misselisabethuk

imageWalking in the park this morning I was delighted to be greated by swathes of purple crocus flowers, not just emerging from the ground but now sprouting and about to flower.  How quickly spring creeps up on us and now it is truly here (well as far as the crocus thinks so, which is good enough for me).

 

 

Love…. Is there really a differential?

Posted in General Scribbings with tags , , , , , , on 7 February 2015 by misselisabethuk

I have been thinking a lot about this recently and in particular whether there is a differential between the love you have for others.

As a mother you hear a lot about the unconditional love you have for your children, the concept that no matter what your child does you will always love them. However, I am not sure there is really a love differential at all.

There are some people I’m sure for whom you would say you would give your life for but I’m not sure for everyone this is solely for those you love. Yes, this could indeed be for your family, friends and pets but there are many people who give their lives for strangers too.

I couldn’t think of any more greater sacrifice than giving your life for someone else. Does this come down to a judgement of whether YOU think someone’s life is worth more than yours and how could you measure that?

I guess everyone would measure this differently; are they younger so would have the potential for ‘more of a life’ than you? Do they have children who might suffer a greater impact by their death than you (without a family)? Are you sick and they are healthy? Would you be a better protector than being protected? So many judgements which might need to be made quickly in a life or death situation.

So saying you would give your life for someone else is not a differential when it comes to love. So is there one? What do you think?

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