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Growing-up in rural Ireland has defined me in more ways than I can consciously articulate. The word that sums up the experience is 'sufficiency'.

My family friends and I mostly occupied the world of 'enough', my parents had an internal ration book; they shopped for necessities; holidayed in Caravans by the West Coast of Ireland; and ate out a handful of times throughout my childhood. My first trip to the cinema was in 1979 when 'Superman' hit the big screens, I was eight years old.

There were however some dramatic exceptions to these ‘norms’, the most noteworthy being that on a number of occasions we got to travel to different parts of the US as kids: because my Dad worked for Aer Lingus (Irish National Airline) and so we got free flights. Still to this day, I feel a little guilty about that, it set me apart from the other kids in my class, so much so I rarely spoke about these trips. I learned early to be different, especially if that meant you got something others didn’t, was not something to advertise if you wanted to ‘fit in’! The dark side of community…

Read the rest at http://blog.nurturedevelopment.org/2014/08/01/a-pacman-in-the-village/

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