Saturday, 5 April 2014
Straight and Narrow
Some people have comfort zones in which they spend much of their lives. There are infinite routes to follow in life, but the appeal of the 'straight and narrow', the 'well-trodden trail' or the 'customary routine' can dictate and form psychological bonds as well as boundaries. A reader responded to the recent Fair Isle item and described how he had, some years ago, met a resident, in her 90s, of that island. She claimed never, ever, to have seen the North Lighthouse (above). She was the eldest in a family, her parents had died young and she prepared meals as well as undertake housework for her younger siblings. When they went to cut peat, within sight of the lighthouse, she stayed at home. Other tales of 'restricted horizons' - please.
Scottish Islands Explorer - Tries to extend horizons