Author: <span>Emma Pearson</span>

Tears in Montpellier Railway Station

June 22, 2024 2 Comments

16 June 2024 Photo by Andrik Langfield on Unsplash I am in Montpellier St Roch railway station. As in many French train stations, there’s a piano for travellers to while away their wait, and play on a while. I never know whether it’s the pianist or listeners who most benefit. I love it. I’ve never […]

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Moving home – and knowing it’s your last time

June 22, 2024 No Comments

Main image by Mantas Hesthaven on Unsplash 1 June 2024 I just said goodbye – or at least “au revoir” – to my neighbour. Let’s call her Marie. She is 82, and starting to decline cognitively, and to a lesser degree, physically. Her three daughters, who all live fairly close by, have been very hands-on […]

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Oh darling – where are you?

June 22, 2024 1 Comment

Photo by me – A red rose – Julia’s favourite flower. 19 May 2024 Many years ago – perhaps 20 or even more years ago – my dad talked about how he “checked that his brain was still functioning properly, every morning, on waking”. His check-in practice was to run his mind through each of […]

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My Non-Deep Time of Mothering

June 22, 2024 No Comments

Main image by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash 2nd May 2024 Twenty-five years ago today, 2nd May 1999, I became a mother for the first time. It was a Sunday. Our son Ben was born at 14h10 CEST, in Annemasse, France, barely an hour after Mike and I arrived at the hospital. It had been snowing […]

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More Than Human Losses

June 22, 2024 3 Comments

Photos my own – main photo with Ben, Megan and Julia, the day Black arrived – 22 April 2011 23 April 2024 A long, long time ago, back in the last millennium when many more species (if not exactly dinosaurs) still roamed the earth, I read “My Family and Other Animals” by Gerald Durrell. Even […]

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Loved Top To Bottom and Head to Toe

June 22, 2024 1 Comment

Image generated by AI – a woman rooted in love, loved from above and below 😉 17 April 2024 Today my elder daughter, Megan, turned 23. She was born at 1h25 a.m. A potentially inconvenient time, other than I’d been in hospital already for quite a few weeks (four? I honestly forget) on a permanent […]

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Thirteenth of April

June 22, 2024 No Comments

Photos my own/from my own collection. Main photo featuring stunning flowers received this week from precious Joan, Mike and Julia’s funeral cards, and a birthday card for Julia from her tree letter box. 13th April 2024 Twenty-eight years ago today, 13th April 1996, in Grasmere, Cumbria, it was trying hard to snow. Snowing in mid-April? […]

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The Youth of Today

June 22, 2024 3 Comments

Photos my own Written on 6th April; posted on 8th April 2024 A week ago, on 30th March, Julia would have been 20. Would-have-could-have-should-have-might-have been 20. Sometimes I cannot imagine her at 20, because she only made it to 15, and 15 and 20 are so very different in so many ways. And then at […]

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Being Danced

June 22, 2024 No Comments

Main Photo by Javier Allegue Barros on Unsplash 29 March 2024 I remember when, in guided meditation teachings, I learned not just to pay attention to my breath, but to notice instead that I truly had to do nothing to take care of breathing….(duh!) That if I tried to manage, control, steer (etc) my breathing, […]

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Birthday Girl Over Eons and Ages

June 22, 2024 No Comments

Main image by Annie Spratt on Unsplash 28 March 2024 Yesterday, 27th March, was my birthday. Yes, I announce it far and wide. Even at the grand young-old age of 57. Rather like I have done since I was aged about five or six. I vividly remember when we still lived in Swansea, Wales (we […]

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