First words

"Hug. Hug", means putting an arm across your body as we lie side by side. Waiting for sleep, wishing for sleep. Willing those smiling eye to close. I sneak a glance. Your waiting grin. Sleep, no chance. "Mommy Mommy" means Me, and Daddy, and vice versa. We are the one category of human to you,…

Thoughts on learning to draw

I drew a chair "It's not very good" came a voice from the past, picking up a paintbrush to correct chunky tree branches. To make the painting better and not mine. I am seven and painting is something other people are good at. I am good at this and you are good at that, but…

Stay with me

Rolling around on the floor by the doors to the decking, you tell me you are never moving out. “I want to stay with you guys for ever and ever. When I’m a grown-up. Even on Tuesdays and Thursdays”. I smile, say you’ll probably change your mind. A scowl, your next words turning into a…