20 December, 1926: a good year to be born…..

My father would have been 90 today.  Sadly he died 12 years ago, 20 years after the fateful day he suffered a terrible head injury.  But I don’t want to focus on that. I want to focus on his life, and more particularly, his birth year.

Throughout the year, certain men and women of distinction have been celebrated for turning 90.  And it dawned on me that my father shared a birth year with some truly amazing people of extraordinary talent. Some are, incredibly, still alive, others not. Continue reading

Now you are ten…..

Now you are 10Our second-born, our only son turned 10 today.  And so I find myself ruminating on a decade of a boy who has brought us deep contentment, laughter, cajoling to eat fruit and the buying of many footballs.  My time-strapped week has meant I had no time to pen a post to him, but then I recalled this post I wrote two years ago for when he turned 8.  I wanted to repost it not just because its a particularly precious post, but because it says much of what I’d say today.

For sure, he may be that bit more street wise and want the latest haircut/gadget/football kit, greeted with varying degrees of ‘Maybe’, ‘No’ and eventually ‘Yes’. He has an increasing eye for hypocrisy or unfairness, pointing out truths about ourselves that are often a little too candid for comfort….. Yet we love this – the fact that he feels safe and free enough to tell us certain truths, holding us to account in the ways that we hold him.  His humour has become drier, often side-splittingly funny, and despite having an ever increasing affection for screens, he still loves nothing better than us reading to him.  Although older and cooler, he still stands on the child side of innocence, and so much of what I said in this post still stands.  Enjoy.

‘You are Eight: a eulogy to my son’

I dreamt last night of you.  A strange and slightly haunting dream that lingers longer than normal. Continue reading

September – season of mist and mellow sadness

September SunThe month of September is a month of mixed emotions for me; it is one marked by both tragic death and life.

My son was born in the middle of this month.  My husband too.  And so there is much to celebrate.  But it’s also the month in which three members of my close family have died.  Continue reading