My friend Taralara does this lovely photo gallery every week, where she sets everyone a theme and challenges them to find a suitable photo. This week, the theme is ‘Me’. This is one of my favourite photos of us, from Brittany a couple of years ago. I love it because it seems to reflect everyone’s personality so well.
It’s been an incredible start to January: we’re finally getting to refurbish our house and my work is going so well. The Sainsbury’s advert is running on the telly, and I’ve received so many lovely messages, tweets and texts about it. Sainsbury’s are so kind and supportive to work for and I’m really enjoying my – what’s it called? – 15 minutes of fame?!
In her post, Tara’s put a beautiful photo up of her and Dan from a few years ago and remarks how much she’s changed – how much her parenting style has changed – since then. And I agree, I’m the same. Kids change all the time and each little life stage has its own challenges. At the moment with two teens it’s all about overcoming the fear of letting go, letting them choose their own path (having hopefully done enough to steer them in the right direction), grabbing small moments together (generally via Snapchat), picking your battles, not sweating the small stuff and laughing along with them (when they’re in the mood), and providing love, cake and bacon sarnies when they’re struggling a bit. Of course it’s not all fun and games – it’s tough and I’ll not deny I turn into Shouty Mum occasionally, although I know generally this doesn’t help.
Take this morning, for instance – after being up half the night with the dog, who had made herself ill by stealing the kitten’s food, I was woken very early by a phone call from Sam asking to be picked up from the train station. It turned out that he’d gone to a uni party, got a bit worse for wear and woken up in a friend’s place, not entirely sure exactly where he was or how to get back to his flat. He decided to head home instead (this makes me happy) and I picked him up, very smiley, still a bit tiddly, and with his face painted as a dragon, secretly chuckling to myself about WHAT ON EARTH the commuters thought when faced with a hiccupy dragon in their carriage at 6am.
So this is me. All in all at the moment? I’m thankful. Thankful for a truly bonkers but magic family, wonderful, kind supportive friends and fantastic opportunities.