One of the interesting by-products of writing a novel is that people you’ve not seen in a while get back in touch with you. For example, a long time ago I used to work for Australian Red Cross. And last Thursday night I was invited to my old stomping ground, as a guest speaker at a ‘Red Threads’ fundraiser.
If you’re not familiar with Red Threads, it’s a fabulous social enterprise operating out of 390 Street Oxford Street Paddington (Sydney), stocking vintage and new clothing for Gorgeous Women who Care about the World.
It was great to be back in the company of Red Crossers like the lovely Lynne Stockdale (Regional Operations Manager, Australian Red Cross NSW) after more than a decade since departing that fine organisation. And it was thoroughly civilised to find myself sipping champagne and speaking with adults at 6.30pm on a weeknight.
Other recent diversions from home duties have included emails from an old university friend, a former work colleague, an ex-boyfriend (friendly) and even some primary school mates. That’s right, I’ve had the pleasure of contact from people who last saw me wearing knee-high socks… ah, the power of social media. It’s something this mother-of-three isn’t terribly familiar with, but just quietly, I’m having a blast.
I’m especially enjoying the stories of people I’ve never met, who have made contact through this web site, in response to The Mothers’ Group. Thank you all… and keep them coming!