Bernadette Broderick reflects on changes in family life and changes in the Church since Vatican II. She writes as part of the Dympna Circle, a group of three women therapists who combine spiritual and therapeutic thinking.
A recent period of sickness left me housebound for over a month. This was a rare and not entirely welcome experience for me. But once I accepted the situation, I enjoyed the advantage of spending many hours watching the comings and goings of life in my garden from my armchair.
The downside however was that during this time of incarceration, I missed out on many family events, in particular my grandchild’s first birthday celebrations. I made a cake to be enjoyed as part of the picnic that was planned. I wrote to my daughter ‘Make sure his other nanna does not get the soggy bottom in the middle or the burnt bit around the edges!’