Exercise week this week:
Exercise 16 - find a gap (that bit is easy, as you know) and write three sentences including a metaphor....
In my attempt to keep my writing flowing sometimes this forced structure is quite hard. So, I'll choose a gap moment, write three sentences and keep my fingers crossed that one of them includes a metaphor. I'll probably have to look that up.
The pains were now starting to come in waves, each one drowning her as it flowed through and over body. The time between contractions was reducing rapidly and Frankie knew this was definitely time. Finally, the birthing pool was ready and she climbed into it, submerging her throbbing stomach beneath the water.
Not sure if that works entirely from a metaphor perspective but hey ho. Very pertinent timing though as tomorrow sees the anniversary of my becoming a parent just 14 years ago. I always find it a very emotional day and am really intrigued by how my acupuncture session will go. It's been a busy couple of weeks at work and the weekend has provided a much needed respite. A friend helped me clear out some stuff from the attic last week and yesterday I took 28 boxes of children's clothes to a charity shop. Yes, I did mean to write 28. I had hoped to have child no 3 but it became quite clear that we didn't have the financial, physical or emotional capacity for a third and, while I had settled with that a while ago, I hadn't followed it through. I did venture into a couple of the boxes but the majority of them went out of the house untouched. It kicked off a wide variety of emotions, some good and some not so. It was lovely to be reminded of times past, yet it was also difficult to be reminded of the hopes that would never be. I'm very happy with the two children that I have, they are both amazing and I know that a third would have made it all very difficult. Whilst I am disappointed, I also know that I am truly grateful for what I have and for where I am. Anything else would have created a very different present and today is just right for me.