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  • How strange that Katie should have written that...

    because a few years ago, this photo was taken at my son's graduation. His wife-to-be, as you may notice, was already pregnant with their first child.

    My mother was overjoyed to be invited. Oxford! The Sheldonian! A ceremony in Latin...! And dinner afterwards. Actually she was jolly useful because she played her "I'm an old lady who can't walk very well do you have a disabled entrance?" card which got us front row seats.

    I posted the picture on facebook whereupon my daughter wrote - "Oh look! Maiden, Mother and Crone...!"

    To which Clare replied that, as she was pregnant, maiden was not entirely apt.

    And I wrote, "Not fair!! I want to be Crone."

    I suppose what this story illustrates is that we are what we are in relation to each other, much like the way the wave/particle problem is resolved by a relational approach: "Relational quantum mechanics ...regards the detection event as establishing a relationship between the quantized field and the detector. The inherent ambiguity associated with applying Heisenberg's uncertainty principle and thus wave–particle duality is subsequently avoided" (thanks, Wikipedia. What I think this means that how we see things is partly responsible for making them how they are)

    I like being who I am. It continues to be interesting.
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