Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
May 2021
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One year on …

It’s a little hard to believe that it has been a year since my friend Lisa’s death and since her children came to live with me. There have been some things to figure out, but I think we’ve been doing okay, and out of what were—and still are—sad circumstances, they have brought additional joy into my life.

We did a mix of things to acknowledge the anniversary. I cooked them bacon and egg muffins for breakfast (one of their Mum’s family traditions) and then we met up with some of the members of my family for some indoor gokarting fun. We had a great time hooning around the track, with our second race being much speedier than our first. It has been nice to watch the way that Imogen and Josh and my extended family have welcomed each other into their lives.

We did a quick trip to the top of Mt Wellington on our way home—mainly because it was just a beautiful day and because access was now allowed after having been closed for many weeks due to COVID-19 restrictions. Finally, in the evening—also because restrictions had eased, this time for dining establishments—the three of us had a quiet and enjoyable dinner together at DaAngelo’s restaurant as a gentle celebration of Lisa’s life. I think it was as good a day as we could manage for such a hard anniversary.

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