A previous life

Landing the plane is the difficult part I didn’t know this the first time I took over the flight controls, acknowledging my flight instructor's command. “You have control” “I have control” (Except I didn’t) I didn’t know this the first time I donned a navy flight suit and walked out onto the apron (that’s where…

Working from home: the dream and the nightmare

I google 'working from home with baby' and the first image is of a calm mama, hair immaculate, baby in a carrier on her chest as she happily taps away on a laptop perched on a pristine kitchen counter. I am that woman. I skillfully multitask, answering emails as I prepare scones, all the while…

Town mouse, country mouse

I am country mouse. I work to the sound of birdsong instead of a seagull pecking at my window sill.  I make calls outside the house because the reception inside the house is disastrous, and the person on the other end asks, distractedly, surprised "Is that birds in the background?" I fancy she imagines me…