The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines the word 'paradigm' as : example or pattern, esp. of inflexion of noun, verb etc. Show side by side. A friend of ours, Miles Gregory, gave a lecture yesterday evening, based on the subject of paradigm changes. His Masters thesis related it to Shakespeare, but I won't go into that. In a short half-hour talk, Miles displayed and relayed theories to us, all theories that have caused paradigm changes in their fields. And I found it fascinating, which I did not expect. And now I hope I'm not going to offend Miles by applying the term, 'paradigm change', to my life. You see, I've begun to crochet.............. This is, I propose, a paradigm change in my life, or maybe I should just call it a miracle. I was always one of those people who had tried to learn to crochet, but just never quite got it. I was a knitter....... crochet was going to have to remain this physically impossible thing for me to achieve. Then I fell into the hands of a most remarkable lady called Pat. Pat is eighty-one years old, and has lung cancer. I think she's extraordinary. She has been through some gruelling chemo-therapy, but looks un-touched, and fabulous. And she has a stoical, no-nonsense attitude to her situation. My impression is that under no circumstances am I to feel sorry for her, sympathetic is probably just about acceptable, after all, life goes on, I can hear her saying. Throughout the time Pat was going through her chemo-therapy, she turned up each week to teach crochet classes, and I must say, still does! All her classes are free of charge, which is extraordinarily generous. She must have been feeling terribly ill most of the time, but her generosity led her, to not let her class down. I presented myself to Pat as someone who has been on a course to learn to crochet, and annoyed the teacher with my ineptitude. I just couldn't hold the crochet hook properly, and my tension was a disaster area. No problem for Pat. (A relief to know I wasn't going to irritate her). It was music to my ears when she said she had not had a single person she hadn't been able to teach crochet to, in her sixty years of crocheting. These words gave me confidence! And as you can see in these photographs, Pat succeeded in teaching me to crochet. I still prefer to knit, but I make sure I practise the crochet. So can this momentous shift from not being able to crochet, to being a sort-of crocheter, be classed as a paradigm change? An insignificant one maybe............. which is probably a contradiction. I must sew a pin to this corsage, and wear it.