"When we have words to describe our emotional state, things immediately feel more manageable"by Anna Blundy / February 15, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in March 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
My teenaged son phoned me up on his way home from school last week. I was in rural Iceland and walking back to my little hut in a blizzard, having just been for a swim in a hot, eggy outdoor pool and watched a group of women in bikinis doing aqua aerobics in steam and snow. Their instructor, shouting through the snowstorm from the side, was in full ski gear. I felt a very long way away from the boy calling.
He had a bad cold and told me he felt dizzy and his legs didn’t work properly. He sounded OK so I wasn’t worried, but I said he should get home, have toast and watch telly from under the duvet. “You feel a bit wobbly,” I said. “People quite often say they feel a bit wobbly when they’re ill or upset.” He was pleased with this and agreed that “wobbly” was exactly how he felt. Then we chatted about school and lava fields until he got home.