I am sitting at my desk picking at panda licorice and blueberries. I was given several packets of licorice because in a moment of insanity I decided to give up wheat, alcohol, sugar, and dairy for lent and the original flavour doesn’t contain sugar.
My son enjoyed the peppermint flavour, which does contain sugar and anyway peppermint flavour always makes me think of toothpaste. My son aged 7 has given up all puddings except fruit and so far he’s stuck to it, and it was all his idea before you think I pushed him into it and start writing me letters about child cruelty. I am craving bread and cheese and Lindor chocolate eggs.
I went to a big dinner on Monday night Wecan gave to inspire others to be green girl activists and not a drop of alcohol or a morsel of sugar or wheat passed my lips but still yesterday I was hungover all day. I just don’t understand why! Charlie Kronick, senior climate advisor to Greenpeace spoke to us women, who included, Anna Chancellor, Diana Quick and Gillian Anderson and said that if we don’t seriously curb the way we are living within ten years our children and grandchildren will encounter real difficulties. Ten years! Think about it ladies.
My son is nearly 8 and goes to a church school and has asked to be baptized so on Sunday the vicar and the curate came for coffee and biscuits and Bob the vicar, who my daughter Belle used to call God, presented Jude with a silver bible! I never thought I would be somebody who had the vicar for coffee just as I never thought I would be a governor of a school as I was at my son’s last school. But life goes on and changes. Thankfully I am still somebody who writes. My book is coming out in two months and I want to have a party. In fact there is cause for much celebration this year: Our tenth wedding anniversary, my book launch, the childrens’ christening, my husband’s BIG birthday. No he’s not 21 or 30. I daren’t say any more or he will find out and banish me from writing anything else ever again.
This post was written by Kate Morris who lives in West London with two children, Jude 7 and Belle 4 and her husband, Luke, a photographer. She has published one novel and a second, The Seven Year Itch, will be published in Spring 2009. She is currently just starting work on a third novel. Kate blogs at the Easy Living Blog and is know as "The City Wife".
Photo credit: lwr