Inspired by the sudden urge to ride a penny farthing bicycle, I have decided to rewrite my bucket list. See a living giant squid. Find a gold nugget. Twirl fire poi. Make a dress from scratch. Swim in every ocean. Take my mother overseas. Take my sister overseas. Just a taster.
For eleven months of my childhood, my mother placed our lives in a parallel world. We had no house, she had no job, we didn’t attend school. My sister and I shared a double bed upstairs and my mothers bed doubled as our dining chairs.