Crafting magical moments, some great new TV, and a wonderful quote

Trying to craft moments of magic with my daughter

The latter part of lockdown with Imogen, my youngest daughter, has been a challenge.

She’s such a social and active person and the circumstances have severely reined in the possibilities of both those things. And it’s shown.

There’s been a lot of rage, bursting out at several points on a typical day. All the early home-school enthusiasm has well and truly gone.

Made worse by the fact her sister, Eloise, has been back at school this last week or so.

With both me and my wife, Rachel, working full time, it’s been impossible to give her the attention she needs and deserves. And no doubt that’s a factor in Imogen’s mental and emotional health struggles too.

I’ve decided though to try and find ways to craft moments of magic and meaningful connection each day. I want her to have a daily powerful and positive memory to latch onto.

Today I took a longer break at lunch and we went out for a picnic. Then, before heading home, we got on her bike together and went free-wheeling down a steep-ish hill, both screaming at the top of our lungs the whole way down. It was wonderful. 

‘Greyhound’ and ‘Little Voice’

I know it’s not on a lot people’s radar, but I am endlessly impressed with the shows and films coming out on Apple TV+.

This weekend, I watched the new second world war film Greyhound, written by and starring Tom Hanks. It was brilliant. And refreshing to have a film come in at one-and-a-half hours rather than the two-and-a-half so many are nowadays.

I also started the new TV series from J.J. Abrams called Little Voice. It’s co-created and written by Sara Bareilles, whose songs feature throughout the show.

And it’s great. A feel-good story of a young woman in New York trying to find her way in the world and be true to who she truly is. Already looking forward to the next episode dropping.

‘We’re all broken – that’s how the light gets in’

Speaking of Little Voice, there’s a wonderful moment when the young woman’s father says, ‘We’re all broken – that’s how the light gets in’.

He goes on to say it’s a quote from Ernest Hemingway, ‘or someone’. And, interestingly, no one knows for sure the origin. Though it seems it may be a mix of lines from Hemingway and Leonard Cohen.

Whoever first said it though, I love this!

It reminds me of why we named our small faith community Mosaic. A Mosaic is not perfect; each part is unique; together it makes a beautiful whole.

And it is our brokenness that shapes our uniqueness. And that becomes our gift to the world – our piece of the larger whole – when we let the light in rather than trying to patch up all our cracks. 

Thanks for reading 😊