Yesterday, it being a Wednesday, I went out for a lovely lunch, visiting Sara, a friend from school who is now a writer, living in a flat in a very posh street of ladies (probably literally) in Edinburgh.
I am in touch with hardly anybody from schooldays (Euan doesn't count) so it is a bit of an anomaly amongst my friendships. The one adult connection to a time as one of 12 girls in a boys school (not as much fun as you would think).
As I was driving over I was thinking how very different our lives are. Sara was the first of my contemporaries to have a baby. Her daughter is now grown and almost flown the nest. You can see Sara preparing to do the same, the whole world is open to her, she can choose exactly where and what she wants to do without any constraining ties. It is almost like being 17 again, though without the bad bits.
I, on the other hand, seem to bind myself to this place, these people, with increasing numbers of ties - who plants a garden if they aren't going to be there to see it flower?
I wonder whether it is a star sign thing - I am a very Taurean Taurean, the earthiest of the earth signs - Sara, a June girl is the next sign along, airy Gemini. Who knows?
There is something very reassuring about school-friends, even if you have as few as me. It allows for friendship of opposites in a very affirming way.
I decided to add a splash of colour to the egg cosies, as suggested, and I think it worked well - I am now working on a sketchbook which is looking promising.
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