We are all suffering from various degrees of shell shock now that the ‘New Reality’ has sunk in a bit. We’ve come to realise that nothing about it is, or will be, ‘normal’ again. You will be forgiven for feeling alone in this. It is easy to shut down and scroll Facebook endlessly, alternating between doom scrolling and searching for pictures of cute puppies.
After the heartache of losing her mother to a protracted battle with cancer, Claire had some difficult choices to make. What would be the wisest way to spend her inheritance? She was torn in two – should she pay off all her debts and carry on with life or honour her mother by doing something they had both dreamed of for years?
A university has invited me to address their history department. I think they did so because I am the only fossil – an ex-student – they could find. Initially I thought it would be fun to tell the students about what it was like studying at that institution during the 1970s (the good old days?) but on reflection I realised it is all a bit embarrassing!