Family, Fiction, Writing

Working the Crowds

The crowd is large. Boisterous. Arms outstretched, reaching for me, offering me posies and cards. I smile, slowly edge my way towards the people. I see a little girl, almost crushed between many pairs of legs and the fence line. Her pudgy little hand pushes through the palings; she's holding something. Once I come close,… Continue reading Working the Crowds

Family, Fiction, Melbourne, Parenting, Relationship and marriage, Writing

Ordinary Talent

'You think you're that brilliant?' Ethan asks. He's frustrated, I can tell. Rubs his hands through his thinning hair, then rests his head on them. Head bowed. Eyes closed. I mentioned, just five minutes ago, that I didn't need to practice today. That I deserved a day off. I'm tired. Sitting in front of the… Continue reading Ordinary Talent

Family, Health and wellbeing, Melbourne, Opinion, Parenting, Writing

An evening in the deep end

Many of you already know that I coach netball. The squad of sixteen girls, including Our Girl, means that I look after two teams (7 players on court during a match) each Saturday morning, school holidays aside. I played netball for many, many years so I know the sport very well, and am passionate about… Continue reading An evening in the deep end

Family, Fiction, Health and wellbeing, Melbourne, Relationship and marriage, Writing

At home

'Well, what would you call it then?' Tommy asks. Lucy considers the vista: rambling paddocks, eucalyptus trees litter the hills on the horizon, the full dam, a chicken coop. She and Tommy stand on a verandah that hugs the facade of the house. She's always wanted a home with a verandah like that. She pictures… Continue reading At home