I thought I was patient, until I became a teacher. Then I began to really learn what patience was. And when I believed I had truly learned it, I had a child... And now, in this age of smartphones, Netflix and Google, I feel I have forgotten how to be patient, how to wait. My … Continue reading Learning to Wait
A few years ago, I spoke to a hundred or so young women about courage. I started by talking about shared experiences-- a rough plane ride, the zip line at the outdoor education camp we all went to, skiing on a slope that was too steep and icy. And each time I asked them to … Continue reading It’s Not Brave if You’re Not Scared
We love to bring home reminders of our travels. My mother collected spoons and postcards, and later fridge magnets. I have friends who bring home art, or jewellery. When we look at these items, they bring back memories. Last night, I brought home an experience to share. Eight friends came over for dinner, and I … Continue reading Souvenirs
A friend request on Facebook came in from a stranger, so I messaged him, thinking he had meant it for the "other" Kathryn H. (Yes, my last name is so rare, particularly in combination with an English/Scottish first name, that there are only two of us in the world.) That prompted me to search Facebook, … Continue reading Who is Kathryn H?
When I married almost 30 years ago, I stopped going anywhere by myself. After we had kids, all of our trips were educational. Drive across Canada, visit Europe, take them to Montreal to perfect their French. But then, when I was in the midst of a difficult time with both of our (teenaged) children, a … Continue reading Brave by Accident