Title borrowed from, the The; sentiment my own.
When I was young, my aunt and godmother, to whom I was very close, had an antique shop. I loved to visit and her presents were always exciting, unique, vintage ones (with the exception of a fox fur stole, unique yes but I was horrified; it was whipped away but although a long time dead, never forgotten).
I loved to wander around all the old things and look at the jewellery, which she had a keen interest in.
She in turn inherited her enterprising spirit from my grandmother, my mum’s mother, who, widowed when my mother was still a small child, opened and ran a grocery shop and supported her family on her own. She was an amazing, strong woman called Hannah and I admired her immensely. She died at the age of 84, when I was 17. Her photograph is shown below (apologies for the quality, it’s photographed from a very old photo):
I always knew that I too wanted to work for myself but my route to doing so was a very circuitous journey. Firstly when I left home at 18 and trained as a nurse, then later when I went to university; followed by several years working in research, a teaching career – all the time feeling like I didn’t really know what I wanted to do and knowing that I hadn’t found something that excited me.
Then we (Philip and I) decided to work for ourselves, a few years after that I augmented our livelihood by starting a business selling vintage, upcycled and handcrafted goods. Still though I was holding down a job.
I finally left teaching five years ago and continued to tutor and trade. Our income dropped but I was much happier, however, the trade couldn’t compete and I put it on the backburner, closed my website and continued with just ebay.
Well, I’ve decided to commit to the thing I most enjoy and give up tuition, the decision was made after doing a recent Easter revision course, when I realised I just wasn’t doing what I really wanted to anymore.
I don’t know what direction to take it in but it’s time to stop waiting for tomorrow.
This week has been another of those, start on Tuesday then spend the rest of the week not knowing what day it is kind of week! We did a lot of garden designing at the front of the house. It was like a parking lot with borders, so we wanted to change it a bit:
It all took much longer than we had anticipated, especially taking up all of the setts and laying pebbles but at least it’s finished.
The pebbles can be seen on the photo below. I’m wearing a leather jacket that was given to me because the owner had spilt a bit of paint on it! It’s fine now and a perfect fit.
Then I took myself to the local charity shop and treated myself to a few bits and pieces:
Chatting to the ladies who work there, I commented on how beautifully they present everything. The shop is new, it opened last summer and they take a great deal of care with it.
They were all excitedly trying clothes on when I went in and had to interrupt it to serve me, which they did laughingly and with good grace.
So I’m off to tutor now, the exams finish next month and until then I’ve got students to teach.
Have a good week.