I’ll be honest, today I struggled to find things I’m thankful for.
It’s not been a bad day as such, just a kind of nothing day where nothing much happened. I think I’ve scrambled three together though.
My resilient daughter
Seriously, this child.
She was definitely sent to try us, aside from her rather challenging behaviour, she’s constantly poorly at the moment, and today it would appear she has come down with Hand Foot and Mouth (we think). Coming up to three weeks in nursery now, she’s only had 3 days where she’s been free from illness, which is tough to watch, but she just gets on with it! We think she probably started coming down with whatever this is on Friday, after we remembered today hearing her complaining about something hurting, that now has a spot on it. She has spots on her hands and feet, and a mouthful of ulcers, but not once has she got upset, or fussed about any of these things! She’s the same child i tell people about all the time, a story about when we viewed our current home; She was 18 months old, toddling around, and, as we viewed the kitchen, she’d climbed to the top of the first flight of stairs, fallen down them, got up at the bottom and run off. She’s made of some kind of tough-stuff and I’m so thankful she never seems to suffer too much with things.
A Sunday lie-in
I can hear parents everywhere questioning what one of those is. My kids never let us have one either. Except for today, when my husband nudged me awake this morning, and whispered “it’s ten to 9!”
I turned over and didn’t even bother opening my eyes to acknowledge it-no sleep is ever enough for me-but just the thought that they’d both slept in, getting the rest their little bodies need after a horrible couple of weeks of being so unwell, made me so happy!
It also gave us the energy to be better parents (not that we’re not bloody marvellous anyway), more patient, happy, motivated parents, meaning we had happier more content children. Even if this only happened this morning, and they’re both up at 5am tomorrow, we can at least remember it as the “Sunday that was”.
There’s already a blog about this amazing man, here-My Dad, but I very rarely write much regarding him in general.
At 61 years of age, he’s a massively successful man in his work as a child support worker and family liaison officer, a qualified counsellor, a loving Husband to my equally awesome Step-Mum, an amazing family man, and Grandad to his four Grandchildren.
Sometimes, I find, life just takes over a little. We get ill, then he gets ill, so we sometimes go for long periods of time not seeing each other, even though he’s only half an hour away. He’s busy, working all week, and, I rarely get a weekend where we’re all free at the same time. This doesn’t affect his relationship with me in the slightest. He’s still attentive, caring and loving, and there’s rarely a day where we don’t speak. His Grandchildren love him as much as anyone else in our family, and he and his Son-in-law (my Husband) have an amazing bond too, which is all I can ask for really.
Recently, in events beyond my control, he’s been put through the mill a bit. I worry constantly he’s not OK handling all the stress (even though he tells me he’s fine), and I get so angry with people taking advantage of his good nature.
He never loses it, he never gets angry or takes it out on me or anyone else, he’s always the same Dad to me he has been my whole life.
He’s proud of me and the things I’m doing and achieving. He’s supportive of my decisions, and advises me when I need him to. He listens to me while I rant for half an hour about something bugging me, then gives me the bang on the head I need to continue being strong. His support knows no bounds, and I don’t think he realises just how much he is loved and respected, not just by me but by so many people.
I’m thankful because he’s my Dad. And I’ll thank whoever or whatever gave me him for the rest of our lives.
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