Wednesday, 20 June 2012

connected / connections

I am loving and soaking up everything that's happening for my path right now. Letting things evolve and happen and trying really hard to not put emotional energy into bad things, or invest too much into the outcome. It's about the journey. 
And about the daily connections. 

Yesterday really brought it home for me. I spent the morning taking photos with my Hey Maker girls, and chatting about mothering, daughters, child changes. Laughing and sharing mothering help, advice, comfort, and cups of tea and simple avocado on rice thins. 

Then I went for a coffee and yummy lunch wrap in town. All on my own, with my new book (more about that later - so delicious). I barely got to open my book. Moments after my coffee arrived, my neighbour / friend walked in the door. She sat and had her lunch and coffee with me - normally we chat at the bus stop, or school gate, and run off again. 

Then a short time later another up-the-road neighbour (who also happens to be the kids' modern dance teacher, and lives in a converted church) and her friend walked in for coffee. During that chat I discovered that her friend is actually the mum of one of Ari's school friends. The friend he's been asking to visit for the past year; and I've been saying I don't know his parents. 

And then, you wouldn't guess it, but my friend Jo walked in to buy some ground coffee. And while I'd only seen Jo at our Hey Maker meeting hours before, we still had lots to talk about. 

I know I live in a small town, but it's not that small. I guess when you hang out at the best coffee shop in town, where the hostess knows everyone's name (except that group of people who had just climbed Mount Warning, but we know their names now).

How good to have that nice warm coffee shop connection. I walked away afterwards with tears pricking at my eyes - for the good, solid, warm feeling of the connections that have been made since moving back 'home'. It made me think of my mum; and how we couldn't walk down the street without her stopping to endlessly chat to another person who she knew, who she connected with.

*I heard an interesting program on the radio on Sunday, about the i-Disorder: the psychology of technology. And I wonder if it's true, perhaps to some extent; but I think I feel good and real connections with people who I've "met" online as well.

*I love that these flowers, which were on the table at Modern Grocer coffee shop/deli yesterday, were brought in by a customer. Just another reason why living in a small, local, lovey town is a wonderful thing!


  1. Fabulous post! I almost felt like I was there in the cafe with you ;)
    Love the Hey Maker video and that book looks amazing. Kx

  2. Lovely post, Ellie. (And great to hear from another Radio National listener! I punctuate conversation with "I heard a discussion on the radio the other day...." Good to know I'm not alone!)

  3. Hey beautiful Ellie! What a gorgeous post....that day was good, yes! The sun shining and a good full feeling of optimism in the heart. xoxo
    I love living here... and the smell of that ground coffee in the car on the way home was amazing, even for a non-coffee drinker like me!

  4. such nice words, and they really resonate with me lately. we've recently moved into a new pocket of atlanta, and it has made me really miss those connections that you speak of from my last neighborhood. i know i'll establish them here too in time, but i wish i had not taken it so for granted where i was. friends are priceless. (and coffee is pretty amazing as well). enjoying your blog!


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