EDP Column, On Reflection

You can only take five memories with you

On the writing magazine I run, we recently set a writing prompt which has provoked more of an emotional response than any other we have set in the past. The premise is: “You are being shipped to an island, but can only take five memories with you.”

I have sat down several times to tackle this writing prompt but, like many others, soon sit back from the screen realising, “Gosh, this is hard.” I started again this weekend by making a list of every notable moment in my life. These moments currently fill a large notebook, so Lord only knew how I was going to pick only five.

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EDP Column

When this fool rushed in

For someone who is not easily surprised or taken in, one April Fool’s Day I was surprised and easily taken in by my four children.

It began with my daughter ringing me at work gushing the news that her older brother had announced his engagement on Facebook, and wasn’t that great, Mum?

No it wasn’t great as evidenced by the head of steam I had built up in the time it took me to stab out her brother’s mobile number. I got the answering machine. 

“Hey, you, I just received a confusing message from your sister that you’ve announced your engagement on Facebook. Of course I told her she must be mistaken, because no way would you do anything of the kind without letting me know first.”

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EDP Column, On Reflection

Table for one near the Gents, please

An agency was set up a few years ago to connect solo female diners with other solo female diners. The not so subtext being that dining alone is a horrific state for a woman to find herself in.

I have always enjoyed dining alone. Admittedly, I haven’t enjoyed the sometimes headache of getting from restaurant door to table without incident. Typically, an empty restaurant which refuses to seat me at one of their numerous vacant tables for four “in case” a group of diners enter the establishment. Yes, some restaurants favour the sensibilities of non-existent diners to the flesh and blood paying customer standing in front of them. Would madame care instead to sit at this table for one near the Gents?

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EDP Column, Make It Stop!

Sometimes a school rule is not a feminist attack

A few weeks into the winter term and, as the weather starts to cool, hopefully tempers on some of the hot topics this summer have followed suit – like the school uniform debate and the feminist cause.

Much was made last term of school dress codes being an assault on the rights of girls and young women. That the problem with being scantily dressed in school was less to do with flouting the rules and more typically the problem of boys and teachers’ uncontrollable urges.

This undoubtedly has happened in some instances and is, of course, not to be tolerated. And we also can’t dismiss as any sort of sense the pedantic, frivolous nonsense that saw young girls being sent home on the flimsiest of perceived wardrobe malfunctions.

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