Author Archives: Shades of Sky

Small Reflection

The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other’s welcome… Love after Love by Derek Walcott [continued at link] God has a … Continue reading

Posted in children, faith, forgiveness, mental health, mental illness, ridicule, trust | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rooting Compassion

When I was little, but big enough to know that owning a pony of my own was out of the question, I was promised a pet when we got a bigger place. The house was on the market, in the … Continue reading

Posted in mental health, mental illness, prayer, reasoning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Square One

Spin the clock back a few years. I am spending a morning in Fenwick’s (erstwhile, delightful department store in West London) with my mother. We go to their cafe. I have orange juice. I want orange juice in a carton. … Continue reading

Posted in character, mental health, mental illness | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Inside out

The first time I went away from home, I was eleven. Eleven years-old is far too old to go away overnight for the first time. I wasn’t just going away overnight. I was going away for four nights, over a … Continue reading

Posted in character, children, disability, mental health, mental illness | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The scars remain

“the trees are the same through all the sorrowful people who have passed under them, that the stars remain” Sylvia Plath, Letters Home [CONTENT WARNING: SELF HARM] I can’t remember a time when I didn’t bite or scratch or pick at my skin; … Continue reading

Posted in faith, mental health, mental illness, trust | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Acknowledgement

Well, that’s annoying, isn’t it? I understand that. My brother, on the ‘phone to his partner this weekend. It was her who was running late; him unafraid to express how that made him feel; her validating that. Validation is something … Continue reading

Posted in character, faith, mental health, mental illness, reasoning, ridicule | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment