The first day of September is tomorrow ,today it’s windy and grey and my mood seems to have plummeted with the temperature. I’m listening to a radio programne about employment/recruitment and education which is confirming all my thoughts and fears at the moment. My lovely part time job in Helmsley Walled Garden Cafe ends in a few weeks, as the gardens close for winter, so I’m job hunting while the house slowly fills with framed art work and tiny owls and bears!
I have also been guilty of extreme naivety when it comes to “saving for my children’s education”, firstly because I had nothing to save and secondly because I truly believed that in this country education was a right not a privilege and that low income families would be supported in their decision to encourage continuing education. So, it has come as a shock as I count up the cost of even sending Jake to school let alone funding( with huge help from other family members) Sara’s college living costs. Like Simon Murphy in Saturday’s Guardian, I believe in the importance of learning for its own sake “choosing mind over money” and hoping that my children take full advantage of their education and end up in a better position than me! Meanwhile Jake looks like he may be ok if he can knock up this crazy recycled- bucket- sound system for ipod/mobile phone, in one afternoon .
So, Its time to put the coffee pot on the stove and get out some real paper for writing a letter to Sara, her room in Leicester feels like being in a boat because the canal is right outside the window, with a view over the park. I’m really hoping she loves her course and also wish all the new students starting out this year the very best of luck; I wish I could do it all again!
I’ll leave you with these scenes of purple and green and hope the coffee gives me a burst of energy to do something creative.
Reading : “The Summer of the Bear” by Bella Pollen