During my time in Tanzania with Compassion International, I would like to share some of my favorite posts from the past.
~Originally posted 12/9/10~
I need a place where I can hide,
Where no one sees my life inside,
Where I can make my plans, and write them down
So I can read them.
– “The Girl I Mean to Be” from The Secret Garden
During my junior year of college I studied in London for one semester. While just about every student at my college here in the states had a computer to write all of their papers, in London we had to write our papers by hand, pen and paper. This meant spending hours brainstorming, writing, and then rewriting a final copy, but it also allowed me the freedom to write anywhere in the city long before people carried around tiny laptops or tapped into coffee shop WiFi service.
My absolute favorite place to write was on a leather bench in front of The Bronte Sisters, a portrait by Patrick Branwell Bronte that hangs in The National Portrait Gallery. A framed print of this painting hangs in my own house, a reminder of a special time in my life and that bench in room twenty-four where I not only wrote essays critiquing the latest play to open in London’s West End, but wondered what my future held.
When I became a mother, my priorities radically shifted as well they should. Continue reading…