Sunday, 24 August 2014

Collecting Happy Memories

We've just spent a bit of quality time with our amazing grandkids. I have to admit that I am now exhausted but it was lovely to see them and I've gathered up lots of happy memories while we were there. We saw monkeys in the monkey forest playing and chasing each other. We played on the swings in the local park and I plucked up the courage to swing high, like when I was a kid. Then there were the stories that we read together and the games that we created whilst crawling on the floor. The best memories are the hugs and kisses and the words, "I love you, Grandma Ros and Grandpa Rod".

Those happy memories will keep me going for a little while until we can meet up again. (Why can't families all live round the corner from each other like in the olden days or am I wearing those tinted specs again?) But I came away from our visit with more than happy memories. I came away with a wise piece of advice from my son. (Don't you love it when your kids become wiser than you?!) On our last evening there he put little grandson to bed and came down saying, "I always like to leave him with a happy thought to take with him as he goes off to sleep. Tonight he chose the baby monkeys playing in the forest."



A lot of life is about what's in our heads, isn't it. We can think about something lovely and smile or we can think about something awful and grimace. It sounds like an obvious choice and if it was as easy as that then we'd all spend all our time thinking lovely thoughts. For me the hardest times are those hours in the middle of the night, but maybe I can turn that around if I listen to my son's advice and take a happy thought with me when I go to sleep. (If you're reading this, Son, and I know that you often do, then thanks. I'll certainly give it a go.)

Daughter update: I'm so pleased to report that my daughter is recovering well following major surgery earlier in the summer. She's hoping to get back to work after the Bank Holiday week. Thanks to everyone who sent her get well wishes.
Children's Book of Richard III update: We have almost sold out of the first print run. Because there were one or two small changes required, this next print run has become a 2nd edition. Apologies if you wanted to order a copy this week. The 2nd edition will be available either online or in person from The Reading Shop in about two weeks' time.

14 comments:

  1. Oh what a lovely thing your son is doing. I just spent 5 weeks with my new grandson in America and then had to come back to Australia with a heavy heart. Your story brought to mind the wonderful feeling that I had seeing what a great mother my daughter is. If we were with our grandkids all the time things would be different, and for us grandmothering from afar I think we need to stick together and support each other.

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    1. Oh no! That is a long way away from your grandkids. We chat on Skype when we can't get up to visit but it's not like grandmothering in the flesh... so to speak!

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  2. Oh yes, it's wonderful when our offspring prove themselves to be wise! But so hard, sometimes, to remember that they really are grown up. A friend (really, a friend - not me) reached to hold her son's hand as they crossed the road. He reminded her that he was 34!!!!!

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    1. I often look at my kids and wonder how they got to be so grown up. Reminds me of that song from Fiddler on the Roof, Sunrise Sunset. It always makes me cry. "...I don't remember growing older. When did they..."

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  3. Splendid hews about your daughter. I was given some useful advice last night by my #1 daughter - it
    's great when one sees evidence of their wisdom.

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    1. Thanks Lizy. Yes it is, isn't it. Maybe we can congratulate ourselves just a little for giving them wise genes!

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  4. Hi Ros - what a wonderful post and I'm so pleased you had that happy special time with the grandchildren - and your wise son with his wise words to your grandson ... and how very sensible ... once in bed ... go to sleep with some lovely thoughts of the day ...

    Congratulations on your Richard III book - I have it here and I need to read it shortly!! Sounds like it's been a great success and I do like the look of the way you've set it out with Alice's illustrations ...

    Enjoy this wet bank holiday ... quietly tipping it down here ... but we've had a lovely summer .. cheers Hilary

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  5. Lovely post - so glad you had fun with your grandchildren..and that they enjoyed your company also. I was talking on here to a 'gran' whose G/kids live in South Africa...... and she can only visit once a year. Which puts the distance thing into perspective. xxx GREAT news about the book!

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  6. Love your son's advice! I'm usually planning my stories as I'm supposed to be falling asleep and sometimes that can keep me up!
    Congrats on the book's success!

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  7. it truly is the little things that mean a lot. So happy thoughts (like sell outs of book runs) and glad you could see those kids. Sounds like they shall have lots of happy memories of you. Take care

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  8. Not having grandchildren makes me a little envious of those who do, but I now have lots of great nieces and nephews and I was lucky to see them last weekend when I was in England for a family get together. They are so adorable and there is nothing better than having a small hand tucked into one's own. I wish I or they lived closer too! Wonderful news about your daughter, Ros, and such good news about the book! As I said on your last post, I have now seen the real thing and really loved it. I'm so glad my nephew's young son loves it too.

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  9. I'm glad you had such a lovely visit with your grandchildren. It's hard not being able to see them as often as we'd like, but that makes the times we are together all the more precious.

    Congrats! It's great to hear your book is doing so well.

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  10. Lovely post Ros. And when I think of you I always think of rainbows and I smile. Wonderful news on your daughter's progress. Fantastic news on your book sales, whow! Go you! Hugs, fluffy or otherwise :) xx

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  11. Grandchildren are a real blessing, even if they do tire you out! Glad to hear your good news.

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