February 8th, 2011

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29 Day Meme: Day 08 - A moment you felt the most satisfied with your life

Once, on a summer's day sometime in the 80s, I sat on a mountain top in Savoy and looked out over Italy. The sky was blue, there was no one else around, and all I heard was the sound of the wind in the grass. I wasn't thinking of anything in particular...and suddenly I was overwhelmed by this immense feeling of deep contentment. I'm sure it can't have lasted for very long, but the memory of that moment has stayed with me ever since.

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Secretly, I always thought my niece Soraya was being a tad unrealistic not to think seriously about what she wanted to do when she grew up, but like so many other girls of her generation dream of being spotted by a talent scout and embark on a glittering career as a model jetsetting from catwalk to catwalk wearing pretty dresses -- but apparently, this is exactly what has happened in the last few weeks. She has been spotted, given a makeover (that is to say, her hair was cut and dyed), been photographed and signed up with a reputable agency in Amsterdam -- all in the space of less than 2 weeks since I last saw her!

And I'm happy for her, really, I am -- but I'm also a bit worried. She's 17 and still has school to finish (my sister let her miss several days out of school for this), and also, she's been told she has to lose weight. She's thin as a rake already! But apparently, her hips are a little too wide for supermodel dimensions. So what? I say -- Sophie Dahl didn't conform to the norm when she started out, either. I think Soraya's perfect just the way she is. But my sister, who's proud as a peacock, has put her on a diet, and huffed when I asked her to be very, very careful with that.