I have often wondered how my life would have turned out if my grandmother hadn’t loved to swim in the sea. By the time she was eighty, the briny at Brighton was a tad chilly for her, so my mother whisked her off to a newish resort near Tarragona. I decided to join them for a week. That short holiday resulted in my returning to work at the resort the following year. I was hired to deal with English, French and German clients. My Spanish improved considerably and I later moved to the Balearic Islands where I met the father of my child. Years later, after we had returned to the UK, said father and I launched a word processing bureau on the south coast of England – at a time when the technology was new and exciting. From Granny’s swimming holiday to a thriving business in new technology!
parents, future partners, colleagues at work. Chance meetings, illnesses, events, marriage, and children are all factors that influence decisions.
This Article first appeared in The Clearing in 2015