My Bucket List by Angela Caldin
When Emily first suggested that she and I should write our own bucket lists following Trev’s compelling example, I was very resistant – I didn’t want to do it at all. I couldn’t see the point of pinning myself down to things that I might have no interest in after a year or two. But once I started, I found I really enjoyed it and things just flowed along like shopping items on the supermarket conveyor belt on their way to the till. And when I look at them again, I see that they won’t date, that they really are things that I want to do or see before I die. So, in the spirit of solidarity with Trev, here goes:
I’d like to:
- Find a way to keep my glasses under control so that I don’t constantly mislay them. But I don’t want them on a string because I’m told that is aging.
- Learn how to make a cake, maybe a carrot cake. My mother was a marvellous cake maker and my daughter Kate is as well, but somehow the baking gene skipped a generation. When my children were small I’d make their birthday cakes by buying Swiss rolls and putting them in the shape of their initials – T, K and L. They say that’s why there was never a Samantha or a Samuel.
- Be able to put my head in the water when I’m swimming, rather than doing a sedate breast stroke with my head above water which my children find hilarious. In the same watery category, be able to get in the sea without screaming.
- Visit the Golden Temple at Amritsar, a Sikh Gurdwara, and eat a meal there with the hundreds of others who are fed daily.
- Go back to Granada, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, and learn how to dance flamenco in a red ruffled dress.
- See all private and single sex schools abolished so that everyone could go to a mixed local school and there’d be an end to elitism and segregation according to sex and/or wealth.
- Have a definite answer on the question of global warming and climate change so I know exactly what is going on in words that I can understand.
- Lose the spare tyre round my waist, so that I go in and then out again rather than being cylindrical.
- Travel round New Zealand in a luxury state-of-the-art camper van, stopping at camp sites and meeting all kinds of fascinating people.
- Develop the stamina to write something considerably longer than the short stories I now produce and which people would enjoy and want to read.
- Speak French again as fluently as I once did and speak Spanish using more than just the present tense.
- See that my children and grandchildren are truly happy, or as happy as anyone can be in this imperfect world.