Vanessa By VANESSA WATERS It might sound naïve but I didn’t think having a baby would alter life much at all. "Babies from Africa don't cry" I lectured my husband with Mother Teresa patience. "It's because the women carry them around in a sling and the baby feels comforted being close to the mother's heart beat." So there, I had parenting all worked out - a sling was my answer! Up until the point I was pregnant I’d led a very bohemian life involving lots of travel, working early and way too... more
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VANESSA WATERS began her writing career at 16 by winning The Sydney Morning Herald’s Gold Commendation for Young Writer of The Year. She later graduated with a BA in Communications from the University of Technology then launched her decade long foray into newspapers and magazines. Since then Vanessa has worked as a magazine freelance writer and lecturer, authored her first book (The Secrets of Our Success, Random House), co-authored a USA women’s anthology and represented Australia as an International Media Delegate at the United Nations in New York. She lives by the beach in Sydney with her husband and daughter.
I am standing in the kitchen with my work bag still slung over one shoulder staring at the envelope sitting on the bench. On the front, in my husband’s handwriting is my name. Not the nickname he calls me, but my full name. In capitals. I know it must be serious. Slowly, I place my bag on a kitchen stool and pick up the envelope. Something inside doesn’t want me to open it. But I do. And there it is, all in the first line. “If I didn’t love you, leaving would be easy” it says. And that’s... more
I blame Breakfast at Tiffany’s for the whole sordid mess; the bit at the end where the male lead looks at Audrey Hepburn and declares “People do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness.” It was Breakfast at Tiffany’s that convinced me to make romantic love my urgent mission. Hence, I’m sitting at my MacBook staring at ‘The Headwall’s’ profile and just quietly, I’m excited! According to his profile ‘The... more