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52 Hellos : Week 18

May 11, 2015

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I love this letter that Isabel sent me, all the way from China. Hi Isabel! It made it!

It seemed perfectly apt that I should read this the day after Mother’s Day.

Having children was something that always made sense to me and I probably would have had at least one more, if it was up to me. Of course, everyone’s experience is so different, and it’s only lately, as I am getting older, that I am starting to truly understand the complexities of choosing to parent or not, or indeed not being able to easily realise a choice you’ve made, as one of our earlier letter writers pointed out.

When I think about my own parenting choices, I realise how lucky I am to a) have been able to have kids when I did and b) to have the kind of personality that means I can make the best of things, no matter what… To be the kind of person that jumps in and sorts out the details later. Resilience and flexibility are so helpful when it comes to parenting, I reckon.

I love reading about how life is for other people, don’t you, especially when their story is hand written? It provides some perspective and poses questions about how we get where we are… Nice.

It’s also pretty great to ponder how things could so easily be different, how we might behave if they were, how things feel for other humans, in general.

I love your letter, Isabel! I loved the Chinese lesson. I love the post office line.  I love the view from you!

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  • Reply Helen May 25, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Hi Isabel, beautifully honest letter. Helen xx

  • Reply Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living May 12, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Nice to meet you Isabel and thanks for sharing! China sounds challenging but amazing, live it and enjoy it. Don’t feel social pressures and enjoy your freedom, it’s your life so live it how you want :):) xx

    • Reply Isabel May 12, 2015 at 3:05 PM

      Thanks Ashlea…China is indeed challenging and amazing, and I intend to make the most of it. Appreciate your kind words! x

  • Reply Isabel May 11, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Eep! I suddenly feel a bit shy seeing this up on the screen for all to read! But that’s OK…scary is good after all.
    I’m glad it made it Pip, and in good time too. Happy you like the view from China 🙂

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes May 11, 2015 at 6:13 PM

      I am SO happy to take it down, if you prefer… or even just some of it. Thanks so much for writing to me! xx

      • Reply Isabel May 11, 2015 at 6:20 PM

        No no, all good. It’s the truth – I am a bit scared of the idea of becoming a mum and am weighing it all up. And that’s OK! Nothing to be ashamed of! x

        • Reply Meet Me At Mikes May 11, 2015 at 6:40 PM

          I think it’s really good stuff to talk about. Good on you. Thank you. x

          • Isabel May 12, 2015 at 12:02 AM

            I wrote a bit more about it over on Nanjing Nian tonight…keen to hear what others think on this very personal topic.

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