Ever suddenly been aware that you felt amazingly happy?
Two days ago, I was plugged into SSiW, (literally—being deaf, I connect it directly into my hearing aids via bluetooth), cooking up a storm and batting Welsh sentences back and forth. Although it was below freezing outside, with more snow forecast, our toasty-warm kitchen was filling with the spicey aromas of lamb stew bubbling away on the stove and a practice run of hot-cross buns baking in the oven.
Putting the kettle on for a well-earned cuppa’ I was caught offguard by the sudden realization of how happy I felt. Unconsciously, effortlessly even, I had been speaking Welsh for over an hour (completing two lessons back-to-back) while preparing plenty of comfort food to share with friends who were coming over for a bit of home cooking, a good natter and a laugh.
Thinking back to that ‘magic moment’—a huge part of it was the sense of closeness and connection with all you good folk thanks to the effort and encouragement our briliant ‘coaches’ have devoted to helping us speak Welsh. I had a beautiful sense of being ‘at home’ at home, not a ‘pilgrim in a foreign land’—Canada.
Any other true confessions like this out there? I’d love to hear about your ‘magic moments’ trying to SSiW when you suddenly realized how happy you feel, no matter how far you are along in the process—just being part of this community is really special right from the get go, isn’t it?