‘Memories of m children’s early years spill out in layers: I catch a glimpse of her first bib, speckled with polka dots and tomato sauce spillages too persistent to clean; here’s the dungarees they all wore for their early steps, wobbling like jack-in-the-boxes, mouths open with excitement and concentration, one shiny dribble at the corner. And so they emerge, year by year, each milestone a bounty of feelings and anticipation.’
Today’s episode tells the story of three things from our children’s childhood that are significant to me.
Our discussion focusses on how we assign value to apparently insignificant (even ugly) things. Do they carry hidden symbols? Do they tell the story of our own identity at that specific point of time? What baggage do they carry?
Though this is on the surface the story of a bag of things forgotten in a loft, the episode actually centres on rites of passage, shifting friendships and the mystery of life.
Today’s RECOMMENDATION is Flight Behaviour
by Barbara Kingsolver.
To hear the whole episode, look for EPISODE 5 of series 4 – The Series of Things, all on the MY BEAUTIFUL STORIES PODCAST.
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