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It’s a Mother Thing

I’m feeling a bit flat! – but for all the right reasons.  Actually can there be any right reasons for feeling ‘a bit flat’?

You see, last week my son got married.  For almost six years Oliver has dated his perfect match – the love of his life.  Beautiful Bea is everything I could have ever wished for my son – she keeps him grounded when he’s up in the air, and yet she flies with him when he needs a companion for his madcap aspirations. She’s beautiful, gentle, strident, kind, generous, warm hearted… everything in equal measure. Everything he needs and deserves. And everything we ever dreamed of in a daughter in law.

After almost a year of planning, and the final few months of being actively engaged in wedding preparations, the big day finally arrived.  And what a day!  The weather was on our side with glorious sunshine all day, the ceremony was stunning (if not just a little emotional), and the reception sumptuous.  It was just so special to see all our family and friends gathered in one place to celebrate this lovely couple. Smiles and tears all round.

But now, here I am – no longer needed for the moment.  No urgent phone calls to check this, amend that, or accompany Bea on her final dress fitting…  And this pause has given me time to reflect.

I reflect on all the different stages of Oliver’s life.  So many transitions, so many momentous occasions, from his first day on planet earth; realising he could whistle at just a year old; his first day at nursery; countless school plays at primary and then grammar school – including the Rocky Horror Show, in stockings and suspenders (!!?), and the Full Monty – well you know how that ends…  Then before I knew it he was off to university, followed by drivers licence, first job, career, first home, and even his own dog. 

Now as his mother, I’m pausing to take in the experience of all my jumbled emotions.  The joy of seeing him living his best life with the love of his life; but also (slightly selfishly) the emptiness of knowing that he doesn’t need me quite as much as he used to.

So forgive me for feeling ‘flat’ – I think it must just be a mother thing.   It will pass, and I’m sure it won’t be too long before the phone rings and I’m needed again.

A final thought for all you busy parents out there, dashing around on school runs, swimming lessons, uni drop-offs, or whatever - take a minute to appreciate every precious moment

 

(Main image on the post courtesy of Origin Studios.  Grateful thanks to Ian Boichat)

 

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New Year – New Memories to Make

It’s the beginning of a new year, and I’m full of enthusiasm and optimism for fun, frolics and future adventures. But I’m also feeling a tad pensive (not in a bad way) about how quickly this New Year came around, and how quickly last year flashed by.  Am I really getting older!!? I certainly don’t feel it.

But time has a way of catching us unawares.  It really does seem just like yesterday that we bought our first house together, bought our first old ‘jalopy’,  welcomed our children in to the world.  Where on earth did all those years go? I have to confess that it’s caught me a bit by surprise that I’m now considering retirement. I'm also shocked that I sound just like my mother when she said exactly the same thing 😲.

I remember seeing older people through the years, knowing that I was ages away from being ‘older’.  And now here I am.

Of course the great advantage to all this, is that I’m entering a new season of life with my sons grown up, my beautiful daughters in law that I hadn’t yet known when I was younger.  And then of course my completely gorgeous, delightful, perfect grandson, who I watch in awe as he grows 😍😍.

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Live well. Enjoy today and every day. Be happy. Make memories.

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Inspiration of the Day

There’s a poem by Mario de Andrade, which I love because of his philosophy on life. Recently I read an interpretation of this poem by the actor Anthony Hopkins, who just happens to be one of my favourite actors 😊

‘I know that I have less to live than I have lived.

I feel like a child who was given a box of chocolates. He enjoys eating it, and when he sees that there is not much left, he starts to eat them with a special taste.’

‘My soul is in a hurry. Too few chocolates left in the box … I’ll eat all the chocolates I have left, and they’ll taste better than the ones I already ate.’

What a wonderful way to look at how we should relish our lives as we grow and mature.  He has little time for those who might make his life less happy, and wants to surround himself with those who ‘know how to touch the hearts of others’

While we’re all racing around in our busy lives, dashing to work and rushing home again; doing the weekly shop; picking up and dropping off the children at whatever club or class is this week’s favourite; busy, busy, busy – do we ever stop and take the time to consider what’s truly important?  I don’t know, because I’m being ‘busy’ just like everyone else!

Maybe we just need to take the time to really appreciate what we have – to make sure we don’t waste any of the chocolates we have left, and to make sure we leave a little of ourselves for others to love and remember.

As Anthony Hopkins put it

‘This is what living is for…’

My Soul is in a Hurry by Mario de Andrade

https://ukagp.org.uk/my-soul-is-in-a-hurry/

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