Unnecessary things

The lady next door has a sisterly knack of putting things (and people) in their place. Evening tea is shared with stories of ousted former colleagues, a racist or three who had to own up to their narrow-mindedness, hygiene lessons to her co-workers and her mother’s condoned kitchen habits. Courtesy of late night lockdown treats,Continue reading “Unnecessary things”


From a rather selfish notion of sharing an isolation stroll with a little-known-about neighbour: a well-spring of kindness. Simple check-in messages. Daily pre-work power walks for processing. Meal exchanges. Shopping arrangements. A WiFi password. A washing machine. Paper for origami. In the shape of responsive kindnesses, belonging has settled in ‘next door’—and there’s room forContinue reading “Kindness”