Mr. Kumar is happy enough with my progress… but I am not. It’s really hard to stand on tiptoe on my left foot only and I still can’t walk as fast as I used to… and I seem to get tired rather too quickly (the heat maybe). I only hit on the idea of dancing to increase my strength when I saw these beautiful talented young men shaking their hips… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRWVMPnByzo… Shakira is the best way to exercise!
With the kids gone home… I found myself a seat in the french cafe in Blackheath, (determined to make some progress with ‘How to find the work you love’)… however, Sil (a 50-something Chinese Cambodian lady who looks 35)… was complaining about the price of a cup of coffee in Paris, especially for a family of 4. But like me, she loves London (especially after 30 years) and how she can get everything she needs here… except warm, crunchy baguettes with Cambodian fillings…. and suddenly, altho she left at the age of 11 (escaping the Pol Pot regime)… we were off on a journey to the market where she could buy fragrant, freshly-cooked rice served in lotus leaves for a few pence…. where her grandma ‘blacked-up’ her face to avoid the attentions of Japanese soldiers during the war before she was born and her 3 month trek (yes, walking) with her family to escape Cambodia, and her 2 children (now at University) who don’t quite understand her reluctance to visit Cambodia just yet…and now, with her children grown-up…. what to do, apart from go to the gym. I showed her my book.
This is battle week I think. I have just won a battle with Barclays Bank (£400 prize!)… and I’m now off to do battle with Bannatynes as I try to resume my gym membership; on the day I stopped using it, they did away with my type of membership! …. so I can’t get it back again…. I’m battling the Bs…. and my leg has slowed me down…. but, so far, I’m getting a lot further, I think.