Thursday, August 26, 2010

five things...

Five things that made me smile this week

1. Mr 3 announcing he wants to be a "Rainy Man" when he grows up. A Rainy Man, in case you don't know, is a meteorologist - see rainy man is much easier to say. Especially when you're three.

2. Mr 6 keeping some food and liquid down after a day of vomiting (sorry to be gross but it was a cause for celebration - at least for me!).

3. Miss 9 coming home from school with a book on soccer for Mr 6. She bought it for him at the school's Book Fair with her own money.

4. Stripes. They always make me smile. Especially red and white stripes.

5. Mr Neat doing stacks of washing and folding while Miss 9 and I were at zumba. He's amazing!

Five things that made me go "grrrrrrrr" this week

1. Tissues in the washing.

2. Horror movies - I can't watch them but I don't even like that they're there. (How intolerant of me!)

3. Politicians who don't answer questions but who bang on with their five second audio grab in response to everything that is put to them.

4. Politicians.

5. Parents who drag their children across the road between cars when there is a perfectly good set of traffic lights with a crossing nearby. 

Five things that made me cry this week

1. The end of Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang. Everytime. I discussed this constancy of tears with my s-i-l and we agreed it had nothing to do with Ewan McGregor but the thought of how many fathers / husbands / brothers / sons didn't come home from WWII and how that loss is so unbearable.

2. The end of The Children's Book. Well it ends with WWI and I can't think about WWI and the terrible loss of life without shedding a tear or seven. (Marvellous book, by the way, by the amazing AS Byatt.)

3. Physiological tears as I choked on a small clear plastic star that Mr 3 had slipped into my drink of water. Poor Miss 9 thought I was a goner. 

4. The world - such a tragic, violent, mixed up place. Twas ever thus but it doesn't make it any easier. I wonder if it is possible to be aware of all the evil/sadness/tragedy that happens, feel compassion and make a real contribution to fixing things while not being overcome by the magnitude of it all.

5. The human condition - well mine in particular. "For what I want to do I do not do and I do what I do not want to do." And the fact that number 4 is caused by number 5.    

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