This week my interviewee is Molly from C is for Cape Town. She is a mommy blogger of 2 who writes about parenting on the edge – of Africa! I love her sense of humour and her posts and tweets are smile inducing, if not laugh out loud funny, and there are some serious thought provoking posts too…. Here are her answers to my “What I…” questions.
What I …
That I’ve learnt more about myself in the last 4 and a half years of being a parent than I did in all the 32 years prior to that. Not just all those oft-mentioned things like discovering that my endurance, patience and capacity to love are limitless, but things more personal to me. There’s something about living in front of two little mirrors which has made me more introspective, more honest with myself. My kids bring out the best (and worst!) in me, and force me to confront it all. It’s exhausting!
I also know … that my youngest will always fill her nappy just after the rubbish truck’s been. Obviously.
That my husband’s known me since I was 16 – it saves so much time not having to explain myself!
I also love … a cat asleep on my lap, frangipanis, Bombay Sapphire gin, cheesecake, belly laughs, The Wire, early mornings on the beach, the fearlessness of children, cutting and sticking pretty bits of paper for no apparent reason, writing a sentence that works so well it makes my heart sing, peanut butter and jam on toast, watching my girls walking hand in hand, sneakers on kids, my iPod, camping, riding on the back of my husband’s motorbike, late afternoons in the forest, polished toenails, everything in the IKEA catalogue (the torture!), my smart phone, blue eyes and making lists – can you tell?
Enough to know whether I’m enjoying something sufficiently to carry on. I’ve become far more selective since my leisure time became so precious. Blogs, books, articles – they’ve got to grab me from the outset to keep me reading. I’ll also have read … the entire children’s section of most of the Southern Suburbs libraries, out loud, by the end of my lifetime – my girls are avid, and not yet as discerning, book junkies.
More time and headspace to write. I blog to keep those writing muscles flexed, but I’m continually searching for time to do more, and more headspace to let the creativity flow.
I also want … world peace, naturally.
Havaianas in summer, Converse high-tops in winter, and for the rest – whatever’s clean, temperature appropriate and suits my mood. I’m not a big shopper – if I have the time I’d rather write than shop and I hate being limited to trends and seasonal styles. I’ve long held a fantasy of wearing only white in summer and black in winter, maybe when I turn 40 …
I also wear … toe rings. My husband had them made for me 14 years ago and barring the last few weeks of each of my two pregnancies, I’ve been wearing them ever since.
My girl friends, the quiet dinners my husband and I have after the girls are asleep, a shower at least every 36 hours, time to write and just a little bit of quiet staring at the mountain every now and then. These are the things which keep me sane.
I also need … to plan a long holiday for next year. We did 3 weeks in Transkei and Mozambique the year before our eldest was born and with Big School starting for her (and all of us!) in 2013 I’m longing to squeeze in a trip to Botswana or Namibia before that.
I was lucky enough to bump into her “in real life” just last week and I’m so glad she said “hi” – it’s always fun to meet an internet friend in person. Thank you Molly for taking part!!