Now that Braai Boy is home I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to family and friends. It’s been a tough 2 years for our family with a lot of separation made even more difficult because I can’t just jump in my car when things are tough and drive to see my nearest and dearest.
We’ve had so much support from everyone, being spurred on by comments like ‘you’ve got this’, ‘you’re smashing it’, ‘you rock’ and so on. What people didn’t see was when the house was a mess, toys strewn everywhere (Dinosaurs grrrrr), dishes in the sink, washing to be put on/folded/put away. When the Kids refused to go to sleep, when I’d been upstairs to sort out a sore nostril, an itchy bum, that weird noise in the duvet cover or answering really important questions like ‘How many wrinkles do you have mama?’(yes, I know what you’re thinking Miss Sassy is very good at giving your morale a boost).
I joke about the grey hairs, honestly, I now have to dye my hair more frequently or risk resembling Cruella de Vil, in looks not personality of course. I worry that make up free I could easily audition and get a part in the Day of the Dead parade, ghost white and dark, dark, very very dark circles under the eyes. Miss Sassy can now operate Netflix and Sky, Wee Man is a pro on the tablet and they have a lot of Happy Meal toys. I don’t think I have ever eaten so much marmite on toast or drunk so much coffee, not even decaff, I mean proper strong stand your spoon up in it coffee.
But you know what? It’s all ok, we have survived and that’s all thanks to the love and support of those around us.
Here’s a few things that I am grateful for:
- The friend who wrestled Wee Man into his car seat when I had no more fight left in me.
- The friend who took Miss Sassy for the day when Wee Man and I were throwing our guts up and couldn’t function.
- The friend who paid for a flight and gave up a weeks holiday to look after Miss Sassy when I couldn’t get childcare in the school holidays.
- The mums in the playground and at clubs who made me laugh and would listen to me whinge on the tough days, ok I know it wasn’t only the tough days, it was most days.
- The friends and family who paid for flights to come and see us, sorry the weather was so rubbish.
- The friend who came over to celebrate Wee Mans 1st birthday when Daddy wasn’t here.
- The friends who tidied away the toys at the end of the day, please note my usual form is to kick them into a pile and ignore them.
- The neighbour who had Miss Sassy for sleepovers, little did she realise just how much Miss Sassy can actually talk.
- The Welfare team who put on events that filled the kids with sugar and kept them entertained, giving me a much needed break from parenting.
Finally, A HUGE thank you to all you lovely lot who messaged me and didn’t expect a response, who called me and did not expect a call back. Thank you to those who have visited us, not to see the Game of Thrones touristy stuff but to see us, to play with the Kids and drink wine with me. The love and support we had received from our family and friends has been absolutely wonderful.
Wow! I am going to stop right there, that’s enough pink and fluffy for one day. I think Eeyore sums it up pretty well so I will leave you with this:
‘A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference‘