Our doors are old. On some of them you can make out the black ink of a childish scrawl through the coats of varnish we applied a few years ago. It brings back memories of how I’d huddle on the floor by my parents bedroom or out on the balcony, unsteadily scribbling out my ABC’S on the walls. I don’t remember even being asked not to do it, which makes me sheepishly smile when I think about how quick I am to tell my kids off for inadvertently making a scratch on the walls as they dance around with their pencils, which is a common stress-relieving activity kids engage in. 😀
These days I have taken up watercolour painting, with the wrong kind of paper and my kid’s caked out case of watercolours. It is a rather calming exercise with not half as disastrous a result one would expect with such unpropitious tools and it works charmingly well as a relaxing hour when Asma is in school and Ali napping. There is a quiet satisfaction in learning something of a new skill between the pauses in online tutorials as you try to move your brush in strokes and dabs and delicate little impressions of autumn leaves and spring tulips.
Another hobby I have picked up and annoyed family with, is listening to audiobooks of my favourite classics. Many of these are conveniently (for me) in the public domain and have been read so excellently by properly engaging readers that you are made quiet deaf to real human people talking to you; hence the annoyance to some. 😀 Many of my high school favourites can be so eloquently ‘read’ and enjoyed while I go about my chores or fix a meal. Karen Savage’s rendering of that passage in Sense and Sensibility where Elinor is provoked into finally breaking out with her hearts struggles and hopes is especially well done and is a performance in itself. I have also discovered some new favourites; after having turned up my nose at Austen’s meddlesome Emma and refusing to like her when I first began reading Jane Austen novels as a teenager, I have to admit that at 26, Emma is a pleasant, interesting story with likeable characters, particularly Emma.
Yet another hobby that I am trying to pick up but which often slips and rolls off in the distance is going to sleep early so I can wake up early.
It is 11.30 now.