A trip down memory lane

I’m at a chemistry conference this week. This one has got me reminiscing. This is the first chemistry conference I have been invited to speak at. Professionally, that is a bit of milestone.

It just so happens this this particular milestone happening in this place at this time has some resonances.


This picture was taken just over twenty years ago – sometime in mid-November 1996. This is me with two of my third year chemistry buddies. This is minutes after we had walked out of our final chemistry exam. This is us celebrating the fact that none us would ever study for another chemistry exam again. We were all shaking the dust from our feet and moving on to other things.

This picture was also taken about a mile from where I am now sitting!

There is something deeply poignant for me about having this particular invitation in this place at this time.

Those who know my story know that it has been a series of leavings and returnings. Chemistry is appears to be my long suffering life partner. It allows me to walk purposely away, or to meander gently down an alternative path. But always welcomes me back. It is the part of my being I value less than I might, but it is always forgiving, and always willing to give me another chance.

I’m not sure I will ever fully grasp quite why I need chemistry, all I know is that I cannot seem to let it go. It is appears to be a strong part of who I am. And I am deeply grateful that have had such incredible opportunities.

3 thoughts on “A trip down memory lane

  1. You take being well-prepared for one’s finals to a whole new level, Mags! 😂 You have a well-established friendship with the bubbles, too, I see. A woman after my own heart!

    Congrats and break a leg at the conference. May it be rich and rewarding (and cause to pop open something celebratory 🍾 ).

  2. Congratulations on your speaking engagement! It is certainly something to celebrate. Life is also something to celebrate as we look back on the twists and turns on which our journey has taken us. I would never have imagined the path where God has led me and yet while difficult at times, it has been a marvellous walk with the Lord. I expect you might say the same about your journey. Blessings.

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