In 2 weeks………

The week of the 6th of September is going to be one of the most important weeks of my life…..if not ‘the‘ most important. For two very different reasons, and if you don’t mind I shall only briefly mention the first reason (I am sure I shall be dedicating plenty of typing-time to it in the future) before delighting in the second, infinitely more joyful news.

So News story #1 -Two weeks tomorrow, on Tuesday 7th September I will attend the Breast Clinic for my pathology results and treatment plan. Wilhamina (and a portion of her surroundings) is currently languishing in a tupperware type bowl being poked and stared at and receiving the attention she craves from Beaker from the Muppet Show (or at least that is the picture I have in my head). The results from this poking and staring could be either

 a) Good – everything is gone; no further treatment needed

b) Average – further treatment needed, lets get on with it, bob’s your uncle

c) Bloody hell we have to go back in and remove further boobage and then get on with months of treatment.

I am sure there are various other possible scenario’s but information from the hospital is scarce at this time and information from the net is quite frankly confusing, scary and overwhelming. I look and read and then wish I hadn’t as what-is-the-point-when-I-don’t-yet-know-the-results-anyway. I do this before logging back in and reading more information in an effort to be prepared and aware of all the potential outcomes – before again logging off in a confused, scared and overwhelmed state of mind. Again. Gosh it is going to be a long 2 weeks. I am told this is the worst time. You don’t say.

News Story #2 WE ARE GETTING MARRIED!!! Sorry for shouting. I am quite excited. You may remember we were due to be getting married on 2nd October of this year in a tiny wee church in Scotland with reception to follow in the village hall. Make do and mend, DIY, completely hand-done, simple and twee – lovely. Then our plans had to change (the second time we have had to cancel) and we were both heartbroken.

The next day we picked ourselves up, stopped whinging about how devastated we were and decided to go ahead with a wedding date anyway. So for the last couple of weeks we have been putting it all in place. The new date is Friday 10th September at the local registry office with a few folks to celebrate with us. We are having a simple high tea back at the house, organised by lovely friends; photography kindly provided for by a friend of a friend and staying in a hotel down the road. I will wear a vintage dress I already own, flowers picked from the garden, perhaps make a wee hair accessory and wear a smile from ear to ear (and lots of waterproof mascara).


The ironic thing is that in all our efforts to bring a sense of the 1930’s/40’s sensibilities to our original wedding plans – we could not be closer to that ‘cheap as chips, no extra’s, simple as can be’ type of wedding if we tried. With the reminiscence work that I do I often hear tales of weddings organised in a week, wearing the sunday dress and suit and a scoffing a victoria sponge back at the house with a glass of sherry, so it seems perfectly appropriate. We couldn’t be happier. WE ARE GETTING MARRIED!! (sorry, I know I said that already…)

Not everyone that I would want to be there, can be there unfortunately. There will be family and friends who will be greatly missed on the 10th. But once I am through this ‘blip’ we will be having the wedding blessed in the original church with a party afterwards – much to the original plans that we had, sometime next year.

It is so difficult not to fall into corny, overused, fluffy, sentimental blubber-speak at the moment. I have always known that I have the best partner, family and friends – there is no great revelation there. Now I just have the perfect reason to broadcast it to all and sundry and not give two hoots who minds.


About gillianleesmith

A lifetime fascination with storytelling, history, fairytales and folklore, has led me to create imagery based on the everyday whirling mind of a person who does not always wish to be rooted in the realistic present. Themes of times gone by and reminiscence are especially evident in my designs and my work often delves into the expression and characterisation of our human nature, which we may hide away and only ever glimpse at when prompted by a reflection of our inner selves. My character sculptures in particular are a nod towards my own imaginations, avid reading and childhood dreams. They are a way of seeking the perfect representation of our character. Each tells an original tale, with a single image that endeavors to embody a whole life story in an uncomplicated way. My most recent work begins to explore ‘dwelling places’, a place where we can truly be content and again the setting that truly represents our character and history. Each material used is carefully chosen to create layers of texture incorporating textiles, paper, paint, hand painted imagery and meticulously detailed hand embroidery. The combinations of varying media help me to create many layers and textures, which are evocative of the memories and history that is integral to my work. Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in Performance Costume in 2005, I have since been working on my own creations as well as teaching workshops with community groups. More recently, I have been coordinating a project involving reminiscence work with older people. This has been a huge source of inspiration to my latest artwork and themes of memories, dreams and childhood.
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3 Responses to In 2 weeks………

  1. Pingback: Still here….. « Gillian Lee Smith's Blog

  2. Christine says:

    Oh wow – congratulations on the wedding! Very pleased for you both xxx

  3. Laura says:

    Congratulations on your impending big day! It will be just perfect. We orginised our weeding in 2 weeks and it was everything I wanted it to be. The less time you have the more focused you become and the less likely you are to get caught up in a hooplah of unnecissary rubbish.

    I hope your results come back as good news and in the mean time focus your energy on your day of love on the 2nd of Oct.


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