So I’ve realised I’d be better calling this ‘Weekly Gratitude Update’ because I’m not getting the time to update every day. Again, I have mentally noted my gratitude every day and so everything is as true as true can be. My writing might not be the best today. I’m sleep deprived but we’ll get to that later. (I just realised those with dirty minds will skip to day 27).
DAY 19: I’M GRATEFUL MY SON IS HEALTHY, BUT ALSO TO THE NHS FOR FREE HEALTHCARE FOR ALL
I’m a chatty type and talk to anyone who is standing around. To be fair, it’s the West Coast of Scotland and it’s quite normal most people to talk random folk nearby. I got chatting to a mum on the way back from the school run today. I’ve spoken to the girl before but don’t know her name. After commenting on how lovely her baby’s blanket was, the mum told me where it came from. Her baby had Open Heart surgery to widen four heart valves and a local charity gifted the baby with the blanket. The charity was set up by parents whose baby boy died of heart problems. The mum said that she’s been warned that her baby will need another big operation in the future and she may have complications throughout life. This beautiful happy baby looks the picture of health, I would never have guessed what she’s been through. Mum chatted for a long time about what it’s like to have the feeling of hopelessness when your child is sick.
As she was leaving she thanked me for listening, saying most people don’t want to talk about it. She feels like others put an end to the conversation because they don’t want to imagine it happening to their own child. As if it’s contagious. I think it may be because people are lost for words or uncomfortable but, as I said to the mum, “people can could their blessings but nobody knows what’s in store in the future. Thankfully we have the angels at the NHS who do their best in if and when we need them.”
DAY 20: ELF THE MUSICAL WITH MUM AND SON
This day was the most fun the three of us have had in AGES! It started off well. My son was happy because he was going on holiday (to Glasgow 30 miles away) after school and was getting the next day off. He was also super excited about staying in a cool hotel (Premier Inn) with myself and his granny. My mum was happy because she’s had many months of worry about my dads health and she was getting away for the night. I was happy (and grateful) for all of those things and (this was exciting) I found £70 in loose change around the house! The lady at the bank wasn’t happy that I put mixed denominations in bags (I just thought you counted up to £10 a bag) and she had to count hundereds of coins – oops! She warmed to me eventually! As mentioned in previous blog, we were very skint and in overdraft with ages until my husband got paid. £70 was like golddust! I pre-paid the hotel and theatre, mum bought a lovely dinner and I felt rich for the night.
The crowing glory of this great day was ‘Elf the Musical’. Whole families wore Elf outfits to the show, I saw grown men without children turn up in Elf ears. The crowd were enthusiastic. Buddy the Elf was innocence and Christmas cheer all wrapped up in a big bow. It was the happiest most chistmassy show I’ve seen and we all went to bed happy. I’m grateful for these special days.
DAY 21: I DIDN’T HAVE TO TAKE MY SON TO ATHLETICS
Now the next day was a bit of a hangover from happy, happy – without the alcohol. I was very tired and after a lovely day in Glasgow we got home around dinner time. I didn’t have the energy to take my son to Athletics. It was also raining heavily. Turns out son didn’t want to go either and we got to stay in and chill out. I was grateful!
DAY 22: PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN BUYING MY THINGS
I have been busy making some Christmas Eve Crafts and have started a little Facebook Selling Page. If I’m honest it’s because we were short on money and I was speculating to accumulate. I shared the page with friends and the orders are coming in. A lady contacted me to ask if I’d like a stall at her Christmas Fayre. She saw my items on a selling site and was looking for a Christmas Eve Box stall at her Fayre. I now have two Christmas Fayre’s lined up. Have never done anything like this in my life. Ok, I’m a little worried I’ll not look as professional as the others but I’ve nothing to lose. Here are a few of my things if you’d like to see why I’ve been busy recently:
DAY 23: THE SPACE
I’ve been busy working on the crafts for those two Christmas Fayre’s I’m attending. Crafting takes up a lot of space and I’m grateful that I have a room available in the house where I can go and do my own thing.
DAY 24: SUNDAY
No need to rush anywhere and nobody making any demands of you. You can wear pj’s all day if you wish. We attended a Craft fayre in the hotel we married in, meandered around and came back home. Uneventful but just what we wanted. I am grateful for Sunday’s, the gentle day of the week.
DAY 25: NEW BEGINNINGS
Today I received an email to inform me I’m not on the register for a Classroom Assistant post. Work is not guaranteed, but considering my Childminding business is winding down I think it’s time to risk it and give notice to the parents and stop Childminding at the year end. My college course finishes in May and after that I’m considering working as an Early Years worker in a local nursery. Getting a foot in the door with the council seems like a good idea.
I have a degree and post-graduate degree in business related degrees but after working in business for a few years I know it’s not for me. Working with children is what I love doing and I’m excited for the future. Now to tell my mindees parents. They already know I applied for the work, so none will be surprised but it doesn’t stop me feeling guilty. Today I am grateful to have the opportunity for new beginnings.
DAY 26: OFFERS OF WORK
I received more Christmas Eve craft orders today and a phone call inviting me to work in a local primary school. I was just put on the register yesterday so that is quick! The work was for a few weeks with a view for longer term. Unfortunately I had to turn it down due to working my current notice period, but it’s good that an offer came in so quickly. Hopefully a sign of the future.
DAY 27 – GETTING MY COLLEGE REPORT SUBMITTED
Last night/this morning I was up until 1.30am working on a college project. The deadline isn’t until the end of the week but my weekend is due to be busy and I needed to be submitting this report before then. I then spent the WHOLE DAY on the project. Three hours were spent cutting out 800 words to comply with word count. Why do they make it so small? I do waffle on though, don’t I? Drumroll. . . . I submitted it at midnight. I’m feeling elated and grateful it’s done and dusted and I get on with a normal(ish) life again.