All that Glitters

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Panic!

Yes, the ‘O’Donnell Tour 2013’ was temporarily disrupted this morning. The fresh pancakes, bread rolls – even the Coco Pops had lost their lustre.

I had lost my Ibiza 2004 silver rays ring.  OK, some silver tat from the ‘Hippy Market’ 9 years ago, you say. Well, agreed. But we all attach meaning and symbollic significance to many personal pieces, especially jewellery.

(I blame Bobby: his Tour De Force recently blogged about forced me into the gym for the second session of the day – and at 11 am!)

2004.  I had been accepted onto the PgDip in Secondary Education (English); had saddled myself with 4k of student debt; had to jettison what I knew of Software Development and focus on language.

A complete Alt-Ctrl-Del of my life.

And, with devotion and hard work, accompanied by the assistance of the excellent Jordanhill staff and the schools that accommodated me on my journey, I left Initial Teacher Training (with a Distinction) and now enjoy a profession that I whole-heartedly love. Deeply.

And I’ve continued to be a life-long learner: perhaps THE most important aspect of this blog entry.

The ring? Well, its rays continue to burn, and we are all familiar with the motifs of light.  They burn endlessly; my ‘restart’ now sees me privileged to be teaching, to be deferrent to the Masters Study I am about to conduct with Edinburgh University.

And to still have the eternal energy to get out (at 42) and enjoy the bike.

Living.

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One response to “All that Glitters

  1. Poor Bawb..
    I’ll take the blame for many things but to force someone to a gym twice in the morning hours? Nope.
    42 ? pah..
    I get my ‘bus pass’ in under 11 weeks and I cannot wait until I’m either out on the hills or now my bike…..
    Education and the quest for knowledge never ends, you only allow it to.

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