Headline Prompt: Future Imperfect: What is different about your life now than what you once expected it to be? How is the way it turned out perfect or imperfect? If your future turns out differently than you imagined in the first prompt, could it still be perfect?
Color Prompt: Yellow
Quote Prompt: "Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present." Friedrich Nietsche
|(Every girl dreams of cake, surely?)|
Like many children of the 1960's-1970's
in the UK I was brought up with Ladybird Books.
Back in those days the family was depicted as a
caucasian Mummy, Daddy, two children and pets.
Daddy always worked or read newspapers
in his armchair (sometimes smoking
a pipe), while Mummy went shopping rather
a lot with a wicker basket and the children
helped her. The children enjoyed role play games
and lived in a detached house with beautifully
manicured lawns. Everyone smiled.
So guess what image of my future I had
in my head as a little girl?!
A husband (I don't think people had
'partners' back then), children (ideally a boy and a girl),
a dog and a cat. I had no particular thoughts about a
career - and still don't. It's only in latter years that
I wish, in hindsight, that I'd gone to art college -
and I'm not sure I would have used any
qualifications for an artistic career
but I think I would have had a fantastic time!
So what have I ended up with?
After a few false starts (stupidly rushing into a
doomed marriage to try and bring on this family
I so desired), I now have:
a husband (who doesn't smoke a pipe),
children (a boy and a girl), a dog and a cat.
I don't live in a detached house and we certainly
don't have manicured lawns. I do go shopping
rather a lot (although not with a wicker basket,
more likely a shopping cart online).
We have a roast dinner on Sundays, I like to
bake (and eat) cakes and we walk the dog.
Some might think this is a boring life but
it's all I ever wanted, so I feel very fortunate.
How my future will move on from here I have no idea
and I will try and keep my mind open so I can grab
any opportunities as they arise.
I still love the style of the images of Ladybird books
and have a small but growing collection.
I particularly love the well read, tatty and scribbled
in ones because I can then cut out the pictures
- guilt-free, as in this double page spread in my