In Fear of an Affair

Thousands of users were exposed when hackers released private data from the dating/hook-up site Ashley Madison. A foul smell wafting as closets full of skeletons were opened up; the stench of hidden mistakes and hypocritical promises. With the catchy slogan ‘life is short, have an affair’ it’s hardly surprising the hack has caused shockwaves in…

The Mum in My Head

There is a mum who lives inside my head. She is silently judging, always offering opinions about my parenting. I hear her cautions daily and I second guess my steps. I catch myself before making decisions, wondering what she would do instead. Sometimes she is a distorted version of my own mother, my mother-in-law or…

Becoming a mum is like the first day of high school

A long line of first years, our freshly-minted grey and white uniforms gleaming in the bright summer sunlight—it’s the first day of high school and I’m new in town. The air smells like freshly cut grass and sweaty teenagers. I wait nervously; the feeling of unknown possibility looming ahead. Will I make friends? Will they…