Mary Medlicott, Storyteller and Author - Storyworks

Storytelling Starters ~ Tangled webs

So there I was, starting to think about ‘tangled webs’ as I whisked away the many cobwebs around and between the cacti on our conservatory windowsills. What busy bees those spiders must be, I thought, even as I mixed my metaphor.

Since then, I’ve been thinking more about the complexity and thickness of the webs that life is inclined to weave around us. You don’t notice the weaving when it’s going on and suddenly the webs are all there to be dealt with. For me, the coming days involve such a variety of different ones.Continuing hospital visits.

In my case the focus of these has now changed from treatment issues to positive therapeutic sessions. Foot reflexology – fantastic! Exercise sessions including in the gym – amazing! (I don’t think I’ve ever been in a gym before!) Discussion of the difference between fatigue and tiredness – very helpful and, since it related terminology to experience, right up my street. A web of support.

A funeral.

This will happen on Tuesday next week and it will be one of those happy/sad events – a celebration of a long (99 years old) life and a bringing together of many people including two of my oldest friends, one of them because it’s her lovely mother who has died. The three of us met at University and are often in touch. A web of close endship.

A Charity Concert.

Before long now, Paul and his piano-playing friend Steve will be giving their concert in aid of Crisis, the homelessness charity. 5 p.m. at the Clapham Omnibus on November 24th: it will be the fifth year they’ve done it – and I’m involved both as support and because, as in previous years, I’ll be doing two readings as part of the event. Alerts have already gone out to the wide web of lovely people who’ve supported the event before. Now, for me, it’s just a matter of deciding what the readings will be, supplying the sustenance (tea and biscuits or sometimes supper) when Steve comes here for a practice and on other occasions stumblingly playing the piano for Paul to do some more rehearsing. A web of endeavour.

Well, that’s enough to be going on with – though even as I’m writing this blog, I’m keeping an eye on my watch so that I’m not late for meeting up for a cup of coffee with a member of my Book Group. Another web …

PS: The cacti in the top photo were in Corfu and more extensive but not much bigger than some of the ones in our house. The bottom photo speaks for itself except that it was outside the kitchen, not inside it!

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