Reflections on a Life

Stories of the Earth

CHILDHOOD, A SUDDEN END, PART THREE.

There’s going to be a choir at school, and then lots of practice for The Mary Wakefield Competition. We all have to be tested to see if we’ll be in it. Mum laughs and says I can’t sing, so it won’t be me. Miss Carver puts us in groups of six at a time and plays the piano whilst we…

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Reflections on life

CHILDHOOD RE-VISITED, PART TWO

The best thing about our new house is that it’s right by the river, I just jump over a low wall and run through the trees. The ground is covered in white garlic flowers with bright green leaves. I kick off my sandals and walk into the water over slippery stones until it’s deep enough to swim. I dive under…

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