Creative Writing

Dream Reader


It’s been just over 29 years since you left us Paul and if you had just walked through my front door – boy what a different world you would see!  The internet was just a ‘work in progress’ when you passed away in 1985 – we had Space Invaders and Pac-Man and the Sony Walkman.  We were made up with life and thought we had it all.  We were happy with our ‘lot’.

Live-Aid was the event of the decade – just a month before you were taken from us by that awful disease, leukaemia; I was in the States at the time, in the Catskill Mountains fulfilling my Camp America dream, do you remember?

I must tell you about the world phenomenon which is Social Media.  We ‘anti-socialise’ with each other via an amazing communication tool called the World Wide Web.  It really is incredible! We have Facebook which is a place where we can post (that means display) photos and video clips.  We can tell our friends that we have just had a shower or that we’re just about to go out for a curry and a pint.  We can show off our new babies and our birthday parties, hen nights, weddings and Halloween night.  And then when we’ve finished with Facebook we can post our photos to Instagram which would be much more your thing as you loved photography.

Then there’s Twitter (social networking in short sentences).  There are tags and hashes and URL’s and platforms (not for trains!) Pinterest, Vine, and we have Google….if only you could ‘Google’ that from where you are!  It’s what’s called a ‘search engine’ and if you Google ‘search engine’ it tells you this. Basically, you have a question or want to find out something – you just type in your query and Google spits out the answer – so you never have to think again!

It’s a crazy world Paul – we now stoop over our electronic devices (and that’s a blog for another day!) hardly sparing any time to ‘smell the roses’.  You’d think we were all dull and boring I’m sure.  Now here I am writing this post on my blog – I have so much to tell you about the modern world but not enough time to do it in right now.  I’ll be set a new assignment in #Blogging101 any moment now so I shall leave you pondering this fantastic social space.

By Waking the Wombat

Life - part two; Australia. Having spent the first 39 years of my life in England, with two adult children who don't need me so much, a workaholic husband and a head full of stuff waiting to be unleashed, Waking the Wombat is my place to share life's experiences with you.

8 replies on “Dream Reader”

Wow! Lu, what a wonderful conversation and what advances we have seen in those 30 sad years? For my part, not all have been for the very best but heh! that is progress. I just hope that those words from Ellie’s valedictory service could be taken on board “Talk don’t text”
I must admit to a lump in my throat and a tear in my eyes – have you been reading that poetry book?
Keep up the blogs.


That’s so true Kathy, the emotional elements of our lives will never change. I took the plunge into Blogging101 this month and I’m having great fun – I can highly recommend it.

Liked by 1 person

Hi Lu, What a wonderful conversation though still tough to hold after those 30 sad years. I love the pathway you used and hope that the message spoken at Ellie’s valedictory service will be taken on board by tomorrow’s ‘social space’ users – what was it? “Talk don’t Text” – but I guess it should be “Talk as well as Text”

You putting your heart on your sleeve, brought a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes, but pride in both of my beloved children. You haven’t been reading those poems, have you?

Stay strong and keep bloging.


I was inspired doing my ‘homework’ and was going to write to my daughter as if she was my dream reader but then I had a change of mind. Yes I did start reading the lovely poems – bite sized portions are the way to go with it – it’s truly beautiful 🙂


[…] Should my dream reader be someone famous?  Someone I aspire to? Or just someone who I want to say cooee, I’m here to.  When I first started my blog, I thought I would be imparting words of wisdom and advice to people in the same boat as we were in almost ten years ago, when we emigrated to South Australia. But it didn’t quite work out like that and now I post about all sorts – but mainly life in general in this beautiful country.  When I took part in Blogging101 back in November, my dream reader was my late brother and the words just flew off the keys when I started typing.  Paul is still one of my dream readers so I will share that post with you again here. […]


[…] I’m cheating and hope you won’t mind?  You see, I’m time poor at the moment and have decided that you absolutely won’t mind that I’ve linked this assignment to a post I wrote back in November 2014.  It was actually a Blogging 101 assignment and the subject was my dream reader.  I wrote to my brother who passed away in 1985.  I want to share it with you and you can find it right here – Dear Paul, […]


Join in the conversation

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s