Monthly Archives: June 2012

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Catch You Later

The bears are lined up on the living-room floor. Seven of them now, but there used to be nine. Plus a stuffed dolphin and Iago the Parrot from Disney’s Aladin. They are all supposed to be gone, except for Anton, he’s the oldest and the first,

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The Big 3-Oh

I was born a baby, 30 years ago today. I was a happy, Roald Dahl-reading, tree climbing child. I remember preferring the social side of school to the educational side and running around almost feral in the long, endless summer holidays. I had loads of

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Count Backwards From 100

Hypnotherapy is a funny thing. I always thought it meant being in an unconscious trance and waking up later not knowing where you’d been or what was going on. I was really disappointed the first time I tried it and nothing really happened. I just

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Buy me a bear!

Daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy! WHAT?! Daddy, daddy, but me a bear, daddy, buy me a bear! No. But I want a bear! You already have a bear. But I want THAT bear! That bear is creepy. No he’s not, he’s lovely, with his sharp claws

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We Can Build You(r Bear)

‘Exactly as I specified?’ I asked. I wanted to be sure. The salesgirl nodded and I left with the box. I nearly had a panic attack on the way home – knowing that I was separated from Him by only a layer of cardboard and