MasterM (right) and friend, somewhere in Mozambique
I urge you to read this post on Absence in Women's Lifewriting because it is relevant to us all as bloggers. In the post Jennifer Sinor describes reading a journal that had been passed down in her family from her great great great aunt who lived in Dakota in the 1880s, a record of everyday life as a homesteader's wife. What fascinated me was not the content of the journal but Sinor's response as she searched through the minutiae of baking, sewing and visiting for the extraordinary only to discover that it had been omitted. Frustrated, she used her research skills to find out more information about her distant relative, looking for a narrative to her life, until she had a revelation that the real value of the journal is in the detail that she has skimmed through. Extraordinary events may determine the direction of our lives but it is by recording the details, that 'multitude of small delights', that we honour our days.
I think all bloggers forget that each of us has different types of ordinary and that is what makes blogs so readable. You might feel anxious about writing about your reading or your gardening or your knitting but it is this sharing of our domestic lives that I value as a reader of blogs. So I challenge you: write on, honour your ordinary days!
My ordinary life today includes collecting MasterM from the airport and I must dash now because he is enroute from a remote area of Mozambique via Maputo, Johannesburg, Abu Dhabi and Rome. His last messsage from Rome airport was a cri de coeur "See you soon. Bring Chocolate!!" Same old MasterM.
I enjoyed your post, and I'm glad you're back. I agree with the idea of the magnificence of small delights, but sometimes it can be challenging to capture them in a satisfying way. Thanks for the encouragement today.ReplyDelete
I used to read a blog called Three Beautiful Things which was a daily list of three unconnected things which gave joy. It was an exercise in being mindful but it was beautifully written and added up to a moving journal of a young woman making the transition to motherhood.Delete
what kind of chocolate?ReplyDelete
My emergency bar of Cadburys Dairy Milk which I keep in the First Aid box.Delete
And how much chocolate?ReplyDelete
200g or four mouthfuls if you are starving.Delete
Your baby boy needing chocolate, what fun.ReplyDelete
I don't understand why he couldn't buy one of those huge Toblerone bars in one of the six airports he passed through.Delete
Ah, he could, but chocolate that your mother brings tastes better. A small delight. Just as being asked to bring chocolate is.Delete
So good to see you back here! I only just found out!
It is indeed the multitude of small things that bring joy. Lovely to see you back Alice. Happy New Year to you and yours xReplyDelete