My Life to Date (and how I've Survived It)

New

In response to WordPress Discover Prompts, Day 18:  New, I started this piece in philosophic mode, again.  It really doesn’t suit me.  I’m a humorist, not Eckhart Tolle.  It’s all very well trying something new, in my case, writing in a different style but, not if it’s going leave me looking like I’ve just slapped a pie in my face.

This is how I originally started.

Everything about our here and now is new.  Every morning I wake up and watch the spectacle of the sunrise, and, I ask myself the same question.  How can this be happening, now?  At the dawn of a brand new day, it’s hard to believe that… and then I decided not to use the (overused) C-word and change tack, and get back to the light-hearted banter that I’m, probably, slightly, better at.

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One of Norman Thelwell classic images that I grew up with © The Estate of Norman Thelwell

A few of my favourite NEW things

  1.  When I was about seven my father bought me a cap gun and gun belt, much to my mother’s disgust.  I already had a cowboy hat and, having been born into a horsey household, I was lucky enough to have the ultimate rootin’ tootin’ cowboy accessory, a pony.   Nobody ever seemed to keep an eye on me in those days, so I would frequently terrorise the neighbours cantering around the village green firing the cap gun and shouting:

Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’, Keep them doggies movin’, Rawhide!’  

Sounds horrendous I imagine, to other horse lovers.  Your poor pony, I hear you say but, you know what, Fury, my Thelwell-type nappy pony actually loved it.

2.  My first typewriter was blue with cream colour keys and I used it to type out my first submissions.  Poetry, to Blue Peter.

3.  My first car, a Fiat 850.  It wasn’t new, but it was for me.  I loved it/him to bits and named him Fred.  Unfortunately, Fred and I skidded on an icy patch and disappeared down a thirty-foot bank.  A harsh lesson for me, from which I emerged, relatively unscathed, but Fred, sadly, didn’t.

I struggled to think of new material things in my adult life that I have been truly ecstatic about, but new can be applied to many things.   Friendships, puppies, kittens, experiences, sunsets and new dawns, of course.  I will leave you with a few of my cloud nine moments.

Thank you very much for visiting my niche-less blog! If you have time before you leave, would love you to tell us what you think. All the best, Tessa Barrie

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