As it is Mothering Sunday here in Britain, I thought a small tribute was in order. You may remember this post on learning later in life; what I didn't know when I wrote it was that my mother - a lady of mature years - had started learning French. Not having been taught the language at school, she has had a lifelong yen to acquire a basic fluency, and last Autumn she finally took the plunge and enrolled in a year's course in French conversation at her local college. Despite having talents in many and disparate fields, Mum had no confidence in her ability in this area, so it took a lot for her to have a go, especially as all the other members of her class are much younger than she is. Now some way into her second term she's doing very well, by the sound of it, and we are all proud of her for taking this step.
I hope that little story is encouraging to anyone contemplating doing something similar.