I sound old now but it seems like all the nice, pure, innocent things are being swallowed up by the fast, modern world.
Everything is throw-away and everyone wants everything NOW!
It's like the world's turned into instant coffee and I like instant coffee but because of the convenience of it, no one has the time, or interest to wait for the fresh stuff to perculate anymore. If it's done properly, the fresh stuff is nearly always better than the quick stuff and i'm not talking about Costa Packet, or Cafe Scrooge here either.
|We painted this 'magic' tree in the kids bedroom & they made leaves with their hand prints|
Be proud of who we are, where we come from and what being 'us' is all about. I've lived in Ireland, Spain and Australia and i must say that you always knew which country you were in from the feel of the place and the attitude of the people. That's what I loved about it. They were all so sure of their culture and allowed to be them, without apology.
England is so diluted now. It's really annoying and sad that we allow pathetic factions of society dictate to us what is acceptable to be English (without being racist). You can fly the St George during the world cup BUT FOR GODS SAKE TAKE IT DOWN STRAIGHT AFTER or everyone will know you're evil!
We need to become children again, slow down, just be ourselves without worrying if we'll offend others.
It's good for the soul.
My daughter is so sure of herself already. There's a real confident, nonchalance about her. She is quite intimidating, all 2 years of her.
Reading is so important. I embarrassingly could only think of one 'favourite' book to add to my blog profile, Wonderland Avenue by Danny Sugarman. I get bored easily and am on the hunt for a good book (please give suggestions).
I get my son to really think about what he is trying to draw. He used to come home from nursery with a scribble on paper and I'd say, 'what is it'.... if he didn't know, I wouldn't keep it - I wouldnt shred it in front of him or anything ;). Now he really lets his imagination go and one of his drawings was a 'Pork 'em Boxing Match'... he described it as three boxers in wheelchairs that have to roll over and squash as many pork chops as possible. Any pork that isn't squashed is caught by the referee, 'The Catcher'...and the crowd chant, "POOORK 'EM! POOOORK 'EM! POOOORK 'EM"!
|A Pork 'em Boxing Match|
|The Hulk, Max from The Prodigy, Merlin, Keith from The Prodigy and ET|
Museums, cups of tea, corned beef & brown sauce sandwiches - on white bread.
Saying PLEASE and THANK YOU, naturally. Being polite to people. Saying 'hello' to old people who smile at them. Telling stupid jokes. Eating your veg...eating curry - trying new food.
Proper small Lego, face paints, dressing up, Action Man with proper hair (not plastic hair), Sindys & Barbies (not Bratz, the sl*gs!), Snow White & The Seven Dwarves, old magical Disney films. The Wizard of Oz, The Sound Of Music. David Attenborough.
Monty Python, (I started to go upstairs the other day and my 4 yr old son stopped me and asked in a shrill voice, "WWWHAT IS YOUR QUEST"?)
Madness - baggy trousers, Musical Youth - pass the dutchie, Blur - Park Life, Hanson - Mmm Bop.
Playing in the garden - lifting the bricks and stones to see what insecty treasure lurks beneath. Snail races, catching frogs, feeding the birds, not shouting at them. Doing stunts and making obstacle courses. Owning a pet hamster & helping to feed & water him.
Going into a proper old fashioned sweet shop and choosing out of big jars and coming out beaming,
with a small, white paper bag full of sugar & colourings.
Awww it is easy to rush around and not really look or listen to your surroundings.
I am awful for gettingwound up and impatient. Just now, whilst writing this, my daughter sneezed and was asking me to blow her nose but just mumbling, 'mo, my mo, mummy'... Whilst wiping it, I told her in a stroppy tone, 'you have to learn to talk properly and stop being so lazy'... my son looked at her, patted her hand and said slowly and thoughtfully, "don't worry Am's, when you are three, you will be able to say eeeeeveryyyyyyything".
This post is a bit all over the place but I am in a hurry! Just today, for a change, I am going to try to be polite, calm, friendly and slow down a bit.