Author Archives: writing2guru

About writing2guru

I am in the process of becoming an author. Or maybe I have always been one, but just hidden it behind the facade of an English teacher.

My Dilemma

‘Dilemma’ song – sung to the tune of Camila Cabello’s ‘Havanna’: Dilemma, ooh na-na (ay) Half of my head has a dilemma, ooh-na-na (ay, ay) Do I keep eating avocada, na-na-na When all I want is a banana (ay) There’s … Continue reading

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Eating fat to make myself thin

Me: Banting. Know what it is? You: Isn’t it the form of sewing where you quilt two pieces of fabric together with fluffy stuff in the middle? Me: I don’t even know what you’re talking about. You: Oh. I thought … Continue reading

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The Great Trek

19 November 1997. We arrive at the airport with two suitcases, two carry-on bags, a portable cot and a fold-up pram. I am nervous and excited. Nervous to be going to a country I have never visited and am about … Continue reading

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When I was young…

I’ve been feeling really old this week. More than usual. And it has nothing to do with the fact that the realisation of being well and truly in middle age has dawned. It also has nothing to do with the … Continue reading

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The purpose of teaching

I was walking up Queen Street in Auckland city yesterday, having just been stood up for lunch, when I noticed an increased number of homeless people shaking cups or holding signs. I am used to seeing some when I catch … Continue reading

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Waiting for a train

It is 1917. A young woman stands on the platform. Her well-worn brown lace-ups have travelled endless paths to and from the gate. Now they do not move. They simply wait. A train approaches. She feels her heart beat faster, … Continue reading

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There are ducks on my lawn

It’s Friday afternoon and there are ducks on my front lawn. They have taken to coming around every day in the hope of getting something to eat. They don’t look underfed. They must live around the corner at the duck … Continue reading

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