Just how grim can it get up north? (Actually, it's quite nice.) One woman's not-so-lonely journey into the Northern heartlands.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Mother's day comes early
Back to school after half-term which surprisingly went very well. I say "surprisingly" because virtually every school holiday my husband is in London and, even though I have help, I can find it difficult. It is not that he is away all the time. I know it would be worse if he was on the oil rigs or in the army. He is only away a few months a year it is just that it is the months that count - the holidays and the days the kids are sick and the days I just hurt with missing him. Anyway, the holiday went well. The children and I stayed here and went hither and thither, but my favorite moment was late one night last week. I was lying with the seven-year-old at bedtime and he said during the recent open week at school when parents were invited in, a friend of his teased him about the fact he had not wanted me to go home. He said: "He called me a 'mama's boy'." I lay next to him in the not quite dark. I said: "Is that right? And what did you say?" He looked across at me. He said: "I told him", I could hear the patience in his voice, "everybody loves their mummy"." I said: "Quite right."
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I'm sad that your husband wasn't there to share the moment but Ohhhh, how wonderful to hear your boy say that to you. Just lovely.
From the mouths of babes....
My favourite moments of the day are when I snuggle up with my five year old daughter. There is nothing better than those warm-as- toast, stick-thin little arms folded round my neck, or when she strokes my hair or we rub noses. I know it sounds sickly from the outside but it's not. It's very very special, and they don't do that for ever, do they? Enjoy it while we may...
I so happy to tell you..........it never stops!
Those moments need to be treasured, because when they get to be 14, 15, 16.... they would rather have teeth pulled than say those words. They do come around again though.
It's so lovely to be at that stage - just enjoy it, and save up those feelings for later on. There does come a time when you'll need them! M xx
I also got an early Mother's Day present from my 4 1/2 year old. I didn't need any presents after that, though I did appreciate the flowers (it's the least they can do).
Brilliant, that'll be you doing a great job then.
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