April 30th 2021 would’ve been Captain Tom Moore’s 101st birthday; in recognition and in remembrance of his achievement, a new challenge was announced by his family. They challenged ordinary folk to complete a hundred somethings to raise more funds for The Captain Tom Foundation – ‘whether you bake 100 cupcakes or walk 100 laps – help celebrate Captain Tom’s achievements.’ The official ‘Captain Tom 100’ has now finished, but I’ve challenged myself to write a 100 word blog each day for 100 days. I started on May 1st and when I complete my task, I’ll donate £100 to his Foundation.
Is there such a thing as genetic memory, something passed from ancestors along with their DNA? My father, a scientist, believed it; I wish I’d asked him why he thought so and what he ‘remembered’ which he couldn’t have known?
Arriving in Tasmania for the first time, stepping off the plane, I took a breath of Tasmanian air and it was like coming home. Greeted by a familiar welcoming smell, I felt I’d come home, to a dear place on the other side of the world. Had my great-grandfather Louis, born here nearly two centuries ago, left this olfactory memory?