“SPARKLING ARRAN, FAREWELLS AND OTHER EVERYDAY OCCURENCES”
my personal view of Goatfell outside the back door.
The island is sparkling today. Hard to imagine the chaos of last week. I had a mini-bask in the sunshine outside at Duchess Court, the nearest thing we have to a shopping mall as I had a farewell lunch with Jill and the girls. They are now en route to the airport ready to fly home to Ireland and catch up with the activities of Agent 105, their resident hamster. With the help of Fern’s Dad, Agent 105 kept a diary and Fern’s Uncle Simon illustrated it for her 8th birthday.
You can find a copy on Lulu Marketplace.
Look up Diary of a Hamster by Ramsay Stewart and read about the musings and amusings of this riveting rodent who is rotating in the footsteps (i.e. wheel tracks) of some other worthy diarists like Che and Ernesto and Jack “On the Road” Kerouac. Probably too much information for Fern at the moment but something to aspire to on her reading list…
We’ve had a great visit with lots of laughs and retelling of old family stories for the girls to hoard and build their own lives on. A walk up Glen Rosa and a guided tour by Mum and Uncle Chris of Whiting Bay where we used to live were strong favourites among the activities that we managed to fit in to the visit. All of them feel that Arran is a compass point and a reference which they will always have available as they work out what is important for them. I’m going to make the effort once again to work on my own healing, knowing that I have given them a lifetime gift.
It occurred to me that the difficult part of dealing with illness is the fact that you also have to take into consideration major life changes happening around you which in themselves are complicated enough. As I say good by to my offspring once again, I have to let them go and to realise that their comings and goings are a normal part of life, regardless of how I feel about it or how i feel about dealing with it. The best thing I can do for them and for me is to concentrate on my own healing, look forward to the next visit and not dwell on what isn’t.
This weekend we have an island treat in store as the Screen Machine arrives with the latest films. From the outside it looks like what it is, an articulated lorry which opens out into a movie theatre. This weekend I will go with a friend to see the movie version of “Les Miserables” and relive the performance that Arran High School produced a few years ago when Simon designed the sets and worked on the lighting. There it is, that anchor again.
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