I have just arrived back from the school run, run being the operative word! It's amusing to me and others that now we are SO close to school, we are so the last family racing through the playground!
Tom and Joe are already attempting independence by taking themselves to the line and this morning have even scooted in without a kiss…AAAAARGH, it's the beginning of the end!
The reason for the later start this morning was me trying without success to 'find my eyes'.
Let me explain…last night I went with some girlfriends to the cinema to see 'My Sister's Keeper' a film based on Jodie Picoult's novel. Well, all I can say is discreet, quiet tears? Oh no, noisy shoulder heaving sobbing would be a more accurate description.
I found it SO devastatingly sad. I won't spoil it if you haven't seen it but it was emotive and truly moving…or so I thought. I was utterly surprised when we came out into the foyer and whilst most of the seven of us were clutching soaking tissues a couple of the girls were totally dry eyed. How can this be? I mean as a mother, surely it is impossible to resist the inevitable 'putting yourself' in the situation of the film. The poignancy of a young girl fighting to live and her acceptance in the end of her death I guess has parallels to my life.
Losing someone so close…
My own father battled with cancer and died at such a young age of 40. For me to hear the fears and thoughts so movingly acted on screen highlighted how it must have felt for my Daddy. I find that harder and harder now I am older than he was and I too have a young family as he did.
I'm wondering therefore if a person needs to have experienced sadness in order to have empathy and understand. Or is it a type of person who is more emotional? I don't know enough about the girls who were untouched by the film last night to know if this may be true. What do you think?
So, a subdued and puffy eyed Claire this morning! Thank goodness I'm not on the Morning Show, you'd have wondered what on earth I'd been up to!
Well, I think this emotionally drained young lady had better crack on and do something productive with my time! In fact, some plastic crates and a scrapbook are on my shopping list – I know uninspiring but necessary.
I'll see you on Thursday with something far more inspiring…gems!
Lots of love,