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School Holidays

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We’re one week down. The coffee consumption has been doubled. A school holidays bucket list is taped to our fridge, written last week when my daughter’s What are we going to do now, mum? questioning was getting a tad too intense. In a world dripping with problems and ignorant, closed-off people driving those problems, it’s such a relief for me to […]

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Am I Pretty?

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I stand in front of the bathroom mirror, applying makeup. I become acutely aware Ella is in the doorway. She’s watching me. Why do I wear make-up? I think. Do I wear it for me or do I wear it for the world? And if I “wear it for me” do I even know what that means? Is that simply […]

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Start Here

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It’s Day Two of Spring (who’s wearing mint green nail polish?), which basically means one of three things: 1- New saltwaters bought 2- Yellow floral dresses being delivered 3- Counting down the days until our waterpark opens In this case, all three apply, and right now I’m one flower crown away from turning all Anne of Green Gables and putting […]

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Stand Up, Little Girl.

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There’s a folder I’ve started on my computer called “Ella”, and in it are things I come across and file away for the years ahead of us. Things like books to read, documentaries to watch with her, little one-liners I want to memorise: You owe no one your prettiness.  I copy links to articles on politeness. On playing small. On […]

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Our Summer Bucket List

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but if you are ever considering divorcing your spouse, I highly recommend selling, buying, or moving house just to seal the deal. We’ve just bought a forever home which is obviously exciting but you guys, the PAPERWORK. The paperwork alone is enough to have you wanting to throw your spouse’s belongings out the window. We Delaneys, we’re mostly good and a little bad. We try hard but we find life harder and so there is no solution to how hard life is but to take it out on each other. We are mature and forward-thinking like that. Am currently printing out these 6 relationship strategies I learnt in marriage counselling and whacking it on our fridge in between deep breaths and chanting the serenity prayer. Anyway, where were we? Oh yes, WATERMELON DRESSES. I like to do this little thing called directing my “being an adult is too hard” overflow to the place it settles most: My children. They are both a great cause of my stress and yet my greatest stress-relief. When Joel says ‘Can you fill out those forms today’, it gets translated to: ‘Kids, I’m taking us to get ice-cream.’ What can I say? I’m mature, I guess. I can cope with all sorts of problems and life admin is no exception. But you guys, the sun is rising earlier and earlier, it’s 25 degrees today and there’s that feel to the […]

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