Joy pockets from London

What a weekend -I feel completely refreshed and reinvigorated – two days of making and meeting friends at the Light on Parenting conference, eating food I love, walking the streets of London and visiting all my favourite places from when I lived there, selling JUNO and my book – the best job in the world! listening to heroes speak and restoring my resolve to do better as a parent. This deserves a joy pockets all to itself!

Going to a conference as author, columnist and editor. Knowing I was leaving a husband and three children in a home I owned. I felt like a proper grown up!
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Hearing a child crying and knowing I’m not responsible.
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Flying. I will never get over the miracle of airplanes.
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Ditto the Tube! Underground trains are the stuff of science fiction – and we get to ride them!!
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The energy of the big city.
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Walking at adult speed – truly revolutionary!!
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Walking the fresh streets of London at 7 am on a Sunday.
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Shaking my heroes by the hand. 
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Thinking my thoughts, uninterrupted! (According to one of the speakers, Margot Sunderland, a pre-schooler has a need every 20 seconds!)
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Feeling like ME again!
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An i-pad stocked up with exciting e books to read on the journey.
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Sharing a weekend with so many other visionaries, dreamers, researches, game-changers and open hearted people – for the second weekend in a row.
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 Chicken tikka and onion bhaji sandwich at 10 am!
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Meeting Saffia, our head editor from JUNO, and feeling like we’ve known each other all our lives.
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Not sticking out for my accent – being mistaken for a Brit in Britland, land of my vowels.
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The anticipation of a night’s uninterrupted sleep.
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The British Museum – receptacle of much of humanity’s creativity and culture.
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Sushi.
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A memorial plaque on a park bench: “he never tired of London”, nor do I!

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