It’s been very sad around here the past few days so I thought I’d share one of my pieces from the Irish Examiner’s Feelgood. Hope it brings a smile to your faces. September is within touching distance so… hands up who isn’t just a little bit happy? Don’t get me wrong I am not exactly … More There I am in the paper #39
It’s been a strange week. The reality of three children leaving home at the same time is dawning. It’s not all bad I can assure you. I’m already beginning to take more than a little delight in the quietness, lack of laundry, the joy of no ‘stuff’ strewn about the hall and the amount of … More Can you describe parenting in one word?
Today I packed she who does not wish to be on my blog, and drove her to university. Another door has opened for her and closed for me. It’s hard to put into words how I feel. Of course I’m delighted for her and proud to have reached the point where I can launch her … More Farewell my ‘Little One.’
Next week I will pack my youngest into the car,and we will drive off to Dublin, to stay with my mum for a few days. Even though I left Dublin over twenty five years ago to live 200 km away in Cork, with my new husband and subsequent four children, I still say as I leave … More The place I call home.
To those of you who read this after putting your little ones to bed, to those of you who dream, as you drown in everyday parenting, to those of you who cannot remember life before children, I have only one thing to say… it does end, and as you look back you will shake your … More As off you go.
And so you are gone. This is how it should be. You, all grown up and seeking new adventure; the nest too small; the world calling you. Yet not too many years ago I was your world and you were mine. There is one moment, clearly etched in my mind, when the small baby that … More May all your dreams come true.
As I help my son pack up to leave home until September, I am reminded of a story a friend of mine told me. She is from a large, very close, farming family. Her parents worked extraordinarily hard, as did she and her siblings when they were not at school. Being a typical Irish family … More My new year begins with a challenge.
I’m jumping off the pre Christmas crazy train. Today I ignored the palpitations I felt as I checked and double checked how few days are left until Christmas. I resisted the urge to rush to the shops to continue to buy presents. Today I decided to just be. Yesterday my two eldest children returned from … More Stop the clock!
Well today was the day. The last day with our old pal before he moves to England to live with his family. I thought I’d better post tonight just in case you were all day wondering how I got on. Did I manage to enjoy our last day? Did I need a box of tissues? … More Today is the tomorrow I dreaded.
Sometimes there are just too many goodbyes in life. Today, as we do every Thursday, my friend and I went calling on our pal, an elderly gentleman in his 80s, who I have written about before here. We had, as we do every Thursday, a wonderful morning of chat, and stories, shared over a cup … More Thursdays, will never be the same again.