Happiness as Anarchy #322: Family practice

The kids decided we should all learn some songs so we can play together. This in itself makes me extraordinarily happy. They wrote a list on the kitchen blackboard and over the last few days we’ve all been practising the very cheery 1935 tune “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter.” And… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #322: Family practice

Happiness as Anarchy #308: Surprise Delivery

I’m in the middle of peeing this afternoon when the doorbell rings. By the time I’ve pulled my pants up and opened the door, there’s nobody there, but a lovely box on the doorstep. It’s a delicious box of cheese and nibbles from Vegas & Rose, a birthday present from my lovely friend Karen. The… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #308: Surprise Delivery

Happiness as Anarchy #268: When my kids like my songs

Possibly the best things I could hear:~ “Hey Mama, I went to listen to that song on youtube because I really like it, but then I realised it’s not there because it’s one of your songs.”~ “Hey Mama, can you play your songs while I’m going to sleep?”~ Waking up on a Sunday morning to… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #268: When my kids like my songs

Happiness as Anarchy #253: Going out with my small people

It’s the second day of 38 degrees and everyone is tired from the first week back at school. Hot, sweaty and tired, we tootled off to a delightful gig lead by one of my favourite musicians, Melbourne guitarist Jon Delaney. Gypsy jazz and jazzy Beach Boys played beautifully in a wonderful room. The small people… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #253: Going out with my small people

Happiness as Anarchy #209: Growing small humans

There are two small humans that the universe has entrusted to me. Often I don’t feel grown up enough to be a parent, but they seem to be turning out just fine. The youngest finished primary school this week and won the school citizenship award for being a caring, respectful and inspiring human. I’m very… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #209: Growing small humans

Happiness as Anarchy #49: The 1st Child

This small person turned 14 today. He’s pretty special and brings me much joy. We’ve spent the last three days hanging out together in the car taking him to mandolin workshops. He’s always been an old soul, a thinker and an observer. He’s cheeky, curious, funny, intelligent, creative and equally stubborn as his mother. We’ve… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #49: The 1st Child

Happiness as Anarchy #46: The 2nd Child

This small person turned 12 today. She’s pretty special and ticks all the boxes. I’m constantly amazed that I had a hand in creating this creative, active, musical, foodie, big-hearted creature. She must be tough to survive this long with me! I’m looking forward to watching her grow into a big person in the next… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #46: The 2nd Child