A New Dream

Looking at the photograph, I smile. I ask myself, “Who is she, that girl?”

A girl with brown hair, dressed in black, red and white. She looks like she’s just graduated.

You can tell, she’s excited for the future. She’s confident. She’s happy. She’s healthy. The world’s her oyster!

She’s got a dream – and she knows she’s headed in that direction. She has a loving family and supportive friend-network. What does she have to fear?

Now, a year on, this girl looks at her reflection in the mirror. And who does she see?

She sees a girl a year older. Still happy, still healthy. But things have changed.

With new white hairs and a trying year behind her, she’s just a little less excited for the future; she’s feeling older than her years, tired, more fearful, more uncertain.

Now that her dream has become a reality, her reality is no dreamland.

Dressed now only in black and white, the red no more, she smiles at her graduation photograph.

Inspired by her old self’s fearless and excited spirit, she tells herself:

I‘ve just got to find myself a new dream.


Party Time?

It is Tuesday the 7th of July 2015, and I am officially en vacances !!

Near penniless, yes, but that aside, it’s my summer break…


For my final classes with the children, the theme was “Party Time”. So I had fun taking FULL advantage of this theme title (as sometimes what we are to teach seems quite vague and flexible)…Thanks to google, I delivered lessons including a variety of party show-stopper games and craft activities 😉

For example:

1. Musical statues

2. Relay races (using bean-bags on heads and balloons between knees)

3. How many pom poms in the jar? (with an edible prize for the closest guesser, of course)

4. Pop the balloons (having a balloon tied to your ankle, the aim is to pop everyone else’s balloon, and to be the last one standing with your balloon still in tact)

5. Hand-made party horns

6. Salt dough (pushing, prodding, rolling, and making shapes of snakes and snails, obvs)

I also made a ridiculous amount of strawberry jelly for my two year old classes. I even took some to church the following weekend, and had left-overs. I made THAT much!

After the party theme classes, I did feel like quite a kids party-planner expert, I admit! New vocation, perhaps?