Day 2 of camping. I’m envying my daughter’s new solo tent … and also realising that the walls are thin, so she’s still not free to chat on the phone and share her heart with friends as openly as she might at home. Tenderness … and shared reality.

I’m feeling torn between wanting solitude – to write and record a new visual meditation in privacy and focus. Yet, at the same time, I want to savour connection with my extended family who I don’t see for most of the year, and appreciate having company so easily nearby.

I’m glad to have my holiday sketch journal for some quick retreat into creative expression. Ahhh, feeling fresher already. Perhaps solitude & company can co-exist … chalk another one up for the upsides of parallel play.