Right, enough procrastination it’s time for ACTION. It's jolly well September already and it’s been noted by you lovelies, by Mr Slater who is our super dooper manager (note flattery!!), by my gorgeous Amanda and yes, by me too that the blog action is certainly not worthy of a Gold, a Silver nor even a Bronze Medal. In fact quite simply, I haven't even qualified.
So, HELLO in big loud capitals! Right, let's see, where are we all up to?
Right now I'm sitting watching the utterly phenomenal Paralympics as I wait for my car to be serviced, the incredible results Team GB are experiencing are testament to the unbelievable determination, strength and athletic prowess our athletes have shown.
As a mother of a child who doesn't conform to our social expectation, or as some might say requirements, I have watched with immense pride, admiration and wonderment, indeed questioning if Tom could possibly have any skills, currently laying dormant which could indeed see him achieve such brilliance…I think not!
Though the dexterity to push his pre-knotted school tie up into position and declare it "perfect" even though it was inside his shirt was worthy of a Gold medal to me – we will work on the tying of it later.
Heroes of the Paralympics
Watching Jonnie Peacock, David Weir and Sarah Storey, well actually, every single one of our Paralympians has made me wonder what is different in their make up and their minds that has seen them push themselves to such levels and achieve so magnificently where many of us would not even attempt to try.
Others struggle to cope with the disabilities that they were born with or have had thrust upon them. What is that difference in our genes that impacts so massively? And why are some people uncomfortably viewing yet others bathing in the brilliance of the performances they are watching?
Journalist Simon Barnes wrote in the Times "we checked-in pity at the door when we started watching these games. With the glorious performance of Sarah Storey we can replace it with envy" It’s certainly an emotive and inspiring time for us all isn’t it?
Tom has started a new chapter
Talking of emotive and inspiring times, yes, Tom has started secondary school and seeing his confidence and excitement has paved the way for me quashing my anxious thoughts and worries and simply enjoy this moment fully with him.
All of us who set the alarm that first day to ensure we were calm, sorted and organised (ha ha!) AND had sufficient time for the photograph of our sons and daughters looking oh so grown up and smart in their new uniform, we can now breathe as the first week is under their belts, they've survived are still smiling and it's the weekend! WELL DONE TO ALL!
Our summer sped by, did yours?
We didn’t do much or go on many exciting trips really, we figured settling Gus our puppy into our life was top priority, so I was actually very grateful to read in a newspaper article that children appreciate down time and just chilling out at home – that assuaged my guilt for a millisecond!
So, Gus’s needs came first – we had a week in Somerset at a stunning cottage with a pool with friends and lots of friends came to us. It's amazing how many visitors come to see a new puppy, it's like having a new baby! For one small moment in time I thought this is SO like having a baby in the house, maybe I COULD have another… that moment was short lived I assure you!
Update on Gus
The enforced time at home whilst we waited for all the injections I found a little hard. What with an 11, nearly 10 and an 8 year old all vying for mine and Gus's attention and all attempting to assert their independence at the same time was wearing and I did crave escape sometimes – does that make me wicked?!
A visit to Tescos, ALONE was oh sooooo enticing !!!
That said, on reflection, the school holidays were lovely. I had time with the children and Gus which was so good and whilst landscapers barely rest over summer, Dan managed to manoeuvre work a little to be with us all too.
I decided that to be here for Joe and Maddie as they return to school and to settle Tom into routine at his new secondary school was vitally important, so I chose to take some (more!) time to do just that. I will be right back on air with you all at 10pm on Monday 17th and the midnight launch too, yippee! Though the logistics of transporting Tom to and from school will continue and will require military precision and we haven't even discussed HOMEWORK!
So, sunshine and September!
A true time of new beginnings really and so much more appropriate than the 1st of January isn't it?
I visited my Chinese 5 Elements Accupuncturist this week , she truly is phenomenal . She explained that this season is late summer, a time of replenishment and interestingly I had figured out I needed a little replenishing so to speak!
It’s funny but I have become so much more aware of myself, my thoughts and feelings since I first saw her when it all got just that bit too much, if you remember? I realise just how vital it is for us all really to retain our balance within all this business of life. I marvel at the immediacy of results and differences I feel after her treatments… she’s relit my fire! No, honestly!
So I hope that as we move through this very busy month I shall hold onto the ‘joy’ and , well a sparkly bit of ‘fire’! Watch out I say…
I shall save my fancy dress party pics of me as Katy Perry for my next blog, I wouldn't want to shock you all, well, not too much anyway!
Do let me know how you all are too and as it’s nearly school pick up time, I shall say farewell, for now.
Lots of my love to each of you,
Claire, now at home and in the garden with Gus!! Xxx