Wonderful, it really tapped me back in to the sense I had of my own strength and power when I was a child. I was big and strong, and could arm wrestle and beat my male classmates. My sister and I had bunk beds and I used to fitness train by lifting them, or lying under the bottom bed and pushing them up off the ground with my legs. All this strength and potential until I stopped growing. At age 11 I was the tallest child of either sex in my year. By age 13 I was one of the smallest.
I ended up in the dainty delicate camp and actually haven't enjoyed it; I only started to wear dresses and heels in the last few years, ie around my late 30's. In my head I'm still big and powerful and rangey and capable of so doing much more than I can in reality.
On Ranch Life
@SaltwaterFarm If you haven't already seen it, you might enjoy this film about sheep raising in Switzerland- they travel the sheep across the country to allow them variety in grazing- apparently makes the meat more tasty?- and 'wonderfully agreeable' is the impression you get.
@Ice Cream Castle Yep, that's me, too.
In "A Complicated Kindness" by Miriam Toews, the protagonist mentions that her sister always used to sneeze when she had sexual thoughts about boys...
Until I read that I thought I was the only one.
Fascinating interview, I really want to go visit it now. It sounds wonderful and memorable.
@bitchycrosstownexpress I still remember fondly the time I got stoned, made myself a large pot of tea, then ate 6 creme eggs in slow dreamy stoner succession.
These days there's no smoking, no drugs, and no creme eggs. Only the tea remains. Which is fine.
@wanderluster Sorry I just realised this is your article. It's lovely, thanks, making me want to return.
@PatatasBravas Don't let that put you off! I've spent a couple of summers in Mongolia, and I've never had any digestive problems at all. Which is a big deal as I usually pick up every bug and germ that's going. I did take water purifying tablets and hand sanitiser and used both a lot, though.
@OlivettiValentine Mantra of awesomeness. I'm going to pass that one on to every parent of a new-born.
@coraincharge Her children slept through the night BECAUSE they were formula fed. Formula fed babies are more 'sated', for some reason, possibly some of the bulking-out agents in the powder?
Anyhoo, unfortunately, BF babies don't start to sleep through as soon as formula babes. As far as I know.