Thursday, June 14, 2012

Inspired by a Lazy Day In Bed

Thanks to my Sister, Chloe and I were able to take a day off the world yesterday as she took the kids for a night and day and I took a day out of the office.

Let’s not get up today.
No, let’s just stay in bed.
We’ll kiss and talk and laugh
And fall in love some more instead.

Let’s not face the world today
Let’s leave our chores undone.
Let’s make some time for love
My love, let’s make some time for fun.

We had a wonderful day yesterday. We weren't parents, bosses... we weren't anything other than one another's. An entire day where we switched the world off and spent the day in bed with movies, board games, laughter and love.

What a wonderful day. Simple pleasures.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Understanding Our Faults

"I did something I shouldn't have done today, Dad," my boy told me as he clambered into the car after his first day back at school following the half term holiday.

"What did you do?" I quizzed?

"I talked back to my teacher. I'm sorry."

My boy is bright. Very bright. And he's cheeky in an endearing way most of the time. But when he's adamant that he's right there's no changing his mind and he has an occasional tendency to give a little too much cheek to his elders.

He told me the tale. It was a very minor talk back but his teacher rightly told him that very rude and inappropriate and it left him feeling bad.

"Did you apologise?"

"Straight away. And again at the end of the day. But I want to buy her a box of chocolates and I want to write a sorry card tonight."

And that's exactly what he did tonight. Tomorrow he'll take them in and apologise again. He'll probably lose sleep over it tonight because he's a worrier. But I think it's good for him to feel bad about it!

I'm proud of him.

Not for talking back, of course, but because he was able to acknowledge he was wrong about something and swallow his pride sufficiently to apologise and put it right.

That's something that hasn't always been a strength of mine - admitting my flaws and mistakes. And there are many.

  • I'm too stubborn
  • I wallow
  • I push people away
  • In the past, I've taken love and loyalty and failed to give enough back
  • I've been guilty of negativity
  • I've taken people for granted
  • Even today, I have a childish tendency to sulk when I don't get my way (despite now how having two children of my own)!
I'm not about to start writing 'sorry' cards ;-) but I am getting better at admitting faults.

My young son, though, learnt all about that a lot quicker than I did.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


There's a spring in my step as the summer approaches. It didn't occur to me that the reason might be as simple as 'freedom,' until Chloe mentioned last night:

"I've not heard you say you regret anything in weeks."

"What?" I asked, puzzled.

"It's been a while since I've heard you say that you wish you'd done something or you wish you hadn't said something. Just an observation. That's all."

And she's right.

I'm free of regret, of guilt. Free of self blaming for things in the past that didn't work out, beyond cursing myself for things I never said to my Mother or my son's Mother or my friend, free of any guilt for the hurt of others, free of all of it. Because it's all worked out ok.

There are some people I miss terrible (Mum, Anje, Amy...) and always will. But they all knew I loved them sincerely. They knew it and I know they loved me too. So no more regrets for a goodbye I never got to say to Amy and no regrets for the Sunday afternoons I left my Mother's half hour early after visiting for dinner. Because she knew I loved her. They all did.

No more regrets for hurt shared between myself and former lovers and friends. No regrets for vicious words and I hold no grudges for their vicious words either (you're ok, Andy ;-)). Because it's all worked out.

Of those still here, everyone is happy, has found happiness and whatever has happened in the past has led those people to a place that they are happy with.

Of those no longer here, not one of them would ever want me to wallow in regret or in grief. We cannot help but miss them, but life must continue. That's an incredibly valuable lesson I have learnt from my son - a young boy with a man's heart.

And I am free. I am liberated of the 'what if,' the 'if only' and self doubting.

Now, pride. Pride for the fact I was able to be in those people's lives even if only for a short time. Pride at being a good Father (it's the job I am best at). Pride at being a caring husband.

I am so, so lucky:

  • I have a son who is the apple of my eye, the sun in my sky and the music that turns the beat of my heart into a song. He is perfection in breathing form.
  • I have a baby girl who is a Princess in her own right. Almost 10 months old and already skilled in the art of wrapping Daddy around her little finger. She's stolen my heart and I don't want her to give it back.
  • My wife. My soulmate. She and I have both taken crooked paths to lead us together. We went our ways, both thought we fell in love with others and both repaired broken hearts before finding one another again. And it was worth it. I appreciate her all the more for knowing how much more she is than everything I have known before. We are imperfect. But we're perfect for one another. And our family is built of strong stuff.
So wave goodbye to looking back. The future's waiting in all its colour and glory.