Two e-mails of note arrived in our mail boxes this week. The first stirred up feelings of intense maternal pride and the second, well, it just made me plain happy.
On Tuesday, whilst waiting for Héloïse to arrive home after dusk from her theatre class, I hesitantly logged into her account, as she had pleadingly requested the night before, and saw the mail she'd been waiting for. Natural Sciences Interview, it read. How could I not read on? And then I jumped up and danced before my my younger children's surprised eyes: 'She's got an interview at Cambridge University', I shrieked! Needless to say we all danced for quite a while after that. And downed champagne too! The interview will be taking place on Tuesday 17th December at Trinity Hall.
The second e-mail quietly landed in my mailbox yesterday. It was short and terribly sweet. My Phd thesis supervisor wrote that she would be delighted for me to return to complete my Phd thesis the following academic year.
And with those few lines I felt as though I had returned home.
Shortly after Angélique was born, almost four years ago, I was obliged to put my thesis to one side. It was frustrating and it was the right thing to do at the time. I cannot express how much I love my field of study - Baroque aesthetics - and how thrilled I am to have this chance to finish. It is necessary too. I have noticed the quality of my writing slipping and I need the guidance of my WONDERFUL supervisor who is brilliant and meticulous; two qualities we do not share! It will be a tough, glorious year and I am so very excited. So, change is afoot although it is not imminent. It will change my perspective on creating too; of that I am certain.
To celebrate, in particular, Héloïse's good news, I slipped Miss Twinkle Toes onto my shop shelves today. The last few weeks have been ridiculously and wonderfully busy with customer orders and I am happy to have had the time to put this little lady at least on sale before Christmas. She is my last ballet-themed hare and is a bit of a celebration in herself: pink silk - called Rose Cherubin and sparkly linen purchased from Paris, ballet shoes and stars embroidered on her ankles with silver and silk threads. My favourite thing was using The Uncommon Thread's wispy fingering merino yarn in the fairytale colourway; Spumoni to make her ballet wrap-cardigan. It makes for delightful small-scale knitting on 2.75mm double-pointed needles!
If you think you know somebody who might like to give her a home you may find her right over here.
I like change, mostly, although some would say I am not always so good at dealing with the unexpected. How about you? Do you revel or flee from change? Have you made decisions already about next year? I would like to read about them, big or small.