Sunday, March 8, 2020

Sunday greetings

There are so many topics I want to write about that it is difficult to know where to begin.

Perhaps with the most important news. I had a regular check-up after the cancer operation. Everything seems fine so my next control is next year.

I had my last period 14 months ago so I guess I am now officially menopausal. I am only 46 so I don't feel comfortable with that. Not that I miss having periods - I still (and always will) remember how heartbroken I was many times when getting it. But being without it for good opens a new chapter in my life and I am still getting used to it.

This week I spent one working day with an older coworker with whom I usually don't work closely. He spent whole day telling stories about his three grown up children and his ways of helping them. He went on and on that the children are his main meaning of life.  Later on in the day we briefly discussed something about cooking and leftovers and I said that since I cook only for two, I master the quantities necessary so we (almost) never have any leftovers. Only then he realized that he doesn't even know if I have any children or not so he asked whether I don't have children. And I said no. I could see that he felt sorrow and pity for me when he apologized.

It didn't hurt, I got used to awkward moments like that during the last 17 years of infertility. It was actually the moment that I realized how easy it is for people with kids know what is their meaning of life. And I still actively think about it and create my own meaning of life.

I would like to conclude this post with some photos of beautiful Venice. I spent a whole day there just few days before the coronavirus outbreak. I wish Italy (and also the rest of the world) a fast recovery from the caotic situation.


  1. I'm really glad you had the all clear for cancer! That's great news, and I hope a relief for you as it heals.

    Coming to terms with menopause isn't easy, and I know it can be hard, especially if you think it's come earlier than usual. All I can say is look after yourself, and enjoy the freedom from periods!

    I can't believe your colleague was so tone-deaf as to spend all day talking about his own kids and being a father, without even asking you about your situation! Actually, the sad thing is that I CAN believe it. I think it shows how self-centred he is - that he never even noticed that you didn't respond with stories about your life. It would have annoyed me - no doubt. I wonder if he does that because it is the only way he feels valued in his life. That's quite sad, I think.

    Lovely photos of Venice. It is one of my favourite places on earth - even street, turning around every corner, makes me gasp. And I'm sad I might never go again. So I love to know that you were there enjoying it for me!

  2. That is such great news about your regular checkup!! <3

    Your co-worker sounds self-absorbed. Congrats on mastering quantities in your cooking! Now that it is a skill and an efficiency that I can appreciate!

    Your pictures from Italy are very pretty. This post is only a week old and already things have changed worldwide... I hope things start changing for the better!

  3. Dear Klara, I love your beautiful pictures and am very glad that the check-up went well. Otherwise I am afraid I lack the right words at the moment. I am sending hugs and all my very best wishes to you and your husband instead ♡.