Dear Nanna R. As I cleaned our home this past week there were so many little reminders of you. My fun fruit bowl and other ornaments you made for me in ceramics needed dusting, I found cards with your writing on it and this photo just popped up in my Google Drive while I was doing some work. I don’t wish you had lived longer as your life was full and your body was worn out. We miss you and shed little tears of love when we talk about you. You really were a great Nanna x
I have a new hero. Her name is Molly and she is a GC9 from Cairns.
Her Straw No More campaign is admirable to say the least.
We humans are not looking after our home. We are not keeping it tidy and it has to stop.
It kind of reminds me of BC7 when I yell at him for not picking up after himself. He usually responds with some excuse like “I’m just a kid”. He is. A kid who needs me to keep nagging him to look after his world. I don’t care how old or young we are, we need to look after our planet.
I challenge everyone to think about the amount of rubbish we create. How can we reduce waste? My latest home campaign is a war on cling wrap. Leftovers are stored in containers with lids.
I take my shopping buggy to the farmers market and have to continually say “no thank you, I don’t need a bag, I’ll put it straight in here”.
Supermarkets in Victoria will be plastic bag free later this year. They did it years ago and consumers kept buying bags instead of bringing their own until the supermarkets caved and brought them back.
Get organised, be conscious of your actions and the big dirty footprint you are leaving on our Earth.
Get yourself a reusable coffee cup. Put it back in your car after you wash it.
I put the straws we inevitably end up with through takeaway drinks through the dishwasher and re-use them at home.
Refuse the plastic cutlery. Re-use the takeaway containers and then recycle them.
Oh, I could go on for days about this.
Be kind to yourself. Be kind to others. Be kind to our planet.
Remember a time when the family you were born into basically spelled out your occupation?
Of course not, that thinking is a thing of the past.
Surnames explained to the community who you were. The heritage of the name Smith was a metal worker. Representing our family was a thing. This could cause some to under or over achieve, but it also helped embed respect into our culture.
When I consider our influence on our kids I think that as long as we are kind and try to be decent humans then we are doing all right.
Our family members influence the activities we do, the sport we play, which teams to love and hate. They shape our expectations. Mum went to Uni, so I’ll go to uni. Mum sat on her arse all day drinking coffee and eating Doritos, then that’s what I’ll do. Our family members worked in a theatre, a CEO, a shop assistant, owned a business, was a crook and a thief…the list goes on.
Do we teach our kids to cheat? Do we teach them to be fair winners and losers? Do we teach them to swear? (I think I am excelling at this one by the way). To drink? To party? To play sport? To be gamers? To be good at school?
We were taught that cheating is unacceptable. Always play fair. Lose with grace and congratulate your opponent and cheer them on.
Being different is what shapes the world. And different is a good thing. But if different makes you an arsehole, then please don’t be different.
I saw a wonderful visual on Facebook last week about the core of all religions. I wish I could find it again to share with you. They all want us to be nice to one another and ourselves. Pretty simple. Shame those religions forget those core principles and continue to fight with each other, but hey, when humanity clues on that we all want the same thing they may stop the wars.
This week we have seen Australia very ashamed of our cricketers. What un uproar this is causing on social media. No Aussies like a bloody cheat. Or do they? Where did they learn it? What made them do it?
This week I have also seen a pic of a mate who was bashed by youths. He is in hospital. I just don’t understand what the actual fuck makes these people inclined to do such a thing. Rest up and get well soon my friend.
Bottom line is we learn a lot from our family. It might be a family recipe. How to grow a garden. Clean the house. It could be how to change a tire (I was blessed to drive dad’s old ute when I got my licence. I could go nowhere before I checked the oil and water, cos that old girl leaked like Mater out of the Cars movies). We may be influenced as to which corrupt political party to preference in our votes. I hope we are teaching our kids financial literacy, digital literacy and how to live and learn in a world where changes happen in the blink of an eye.
I dread to think that our children have to see such shitty behaviour in our world.
Stay kind my friends xx
Today is the last day of 2017. A time of reflection.
My year has been one of amazement. I am amazed I have survived. I am amazed my family have survived. There have been times where I would have liked to stab Dear Husband in the eye with a fork. There are many mornings where Girl Child 9 and Boy Child 6 have copped an earful of swearing fit for a pirate ship. But for the most part we have had a good year.
I look back on posts such as Cows, God and Lego and I realise that I was on a journey that I hadn’t consciously chosen at the time of writing. In this post I wrote of forbidden opinions never to be said out loud. Lucky I wrote them down.
I wrote that it is great to have ceremonies for births, deaths and marriages it helps people cope. I am unsure if this blog post helped me to tread my new path, or whether my subconscious had already begun treading it. Regardless, I am now a Civil Celebrant who can perform these rituals.
What else have I learned by reading my past blogs?
- Sometimes I am too gutless to publish my posts. I have 4 drafts sitting unpublished. Perhaps I am not gutless but trying to please everyone which has prevented me from spewing my opinions on the world. Either way, I have sat on my hands with these 4 and saved you from reading them.
- I really like good customer service. I really do. I have had minimal arguments with my DH this year. The one’s we have had have been about his embarrassment that I am not afraid to speak my mind when expecting exemplary customer service. He would prefer to shut up and be fed shit. I would prefer to speak up and be treated like I should be.
- I am a product of the 70’s. However I am rather judgemental of people who smoke whilst people are eating or anywhere else that they shouldn’t (in 2017). Don’t get me wrong, I love the odd dart. In fact I am secretly inhaling DH’s second hand fumes as I type, wishing it was my mouth on the other end of that butt.
- I am passionate about Boobs. No, I don’t go around perving on them, but if you wish to flash those puppies in public go right ahead. I will cop a feel for you if you are unsure of a potential lump, because that’s what friends do. Please check your boobs ladies, this shit saves lives.
- Accept the things you cannot change. Back in January I wrote about grieving those who still walk the planet. My heart has healed somewhat since I wrote this post, but the scar is still a little itchy. I have no control over the situation, therefore I must Let it Go.
- Menopause is a force to be reckoned with. The hardest part was realising that I was a nasty bitch and nobody liked me (OK, that is a bit harsh on self), another thing was finding out how it affects my health. Getting the balance right comes down to diet and self management, both of which I seem to have a handle on.
- Arsehole is another word for Good Parent. I am a Good Parent!
- Love your family. The best thing that happened to our marriage this year (apart from my awesome clinical psychologist) was a game of football. I hate football, but I love my husband. Seeing him run onto that field as an old man (Sorry DH, but you were 46 on the day) and sustain a hamstring injury made us laugh, made our kids see him in a different light and generally made us all feel good.
- Life is amazing. Choose Life. Stuff happens that make life a challenge, but faced with the facts of how different life would be without me or any of you, I choose life. Sometimes it is a near miss, like I had, that make us reflect how our little and extended families would feel if we were taken from them. This is what I tell myself when the black dog nips at my heals and I feel like everyone else would be better off without me, when I am too scared to try something new in case I fail, when I understand that I am not my parents and never will be, when I listen to my husband and understand his point of view, when I give my kids time to be kids, and the list goes on.
- I am Amazing. This year I studied to become a Civil Celebrant. As I said at the beginning of this post, I was on a journey this year. Becoming a Registered Marriage Celebrant has made be look within, not only at how I feel about marriage, but also about life in general. Life is full of wonder. Life is full of challenges. We only get one chance at life and we should make the best of it
I have done a lot of self improvement this year. I got treatment for
being an arsehole menopause. I got even more treatment for my fucked up head (you would think I could sort this shit out after 26 years since diagnosis). I am proud to have forgiven those whom I thought I never could, this includes myself. Thank you Mum for this gem “Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it”-Mark Twain (although the internet is not sure he wrote it).
Forgiveness has granted me freedom.
Much love from me to you as this year comes to a close. Happy New Year!
As much as I was happy to never ever have another period. I have found yet another piss off factor when it comes to menapause.
So far I have been told to just accept I’m overweight, cos that shit happens. You can’t do much about hot flushes. This is not true, my acupuncture and Chinese medicine has that under control. You might remember me writing about that in Madly Menopausal Mum. I work really hard on daily meditation and mindfulness so as I am not a fucking screaming lunatic with the potential of becoming an axe murderer. Visits to a clinical psycologist also keeps me grounded.
But now I have been told I have high cholesterol. Like always, I have taken to google to find out what the fuck that means for me as the doctor hasn’t got time to explain that shit. The first thing that struck me is how all the images of menopausal women are of ladies much older than I. Not sexy rock star young chicks like myelf. The next thing that struck me was…
Few women know that there is a direct link between cholesterol and menopause.
This is life threatening stuff. Given I have family history of heart disease I wish someone had told me this a couple of years ago. You can Read more here.
As usual I’m trying to find the silver lining in this dark cloud. So here it is. I am going to live on water and lettuce leaves. The lettuce will make me skinny. I will then get buy new clothes as I threw all the others out when I was told to accept being chubby.
Just joking. Red wine, dark chocolate and small handfulls of nuts are also on the menu. I suppose I will survive to see my kids grow up. That is as long as I remember my mindfulness and don’t become that axe murderer.
I’ve been studying to become a Marriage Celebrant.
Recently I was asked “Why the hell would you want to do that?”
Bloody good question really.
Bridezillas, mother of the Bride(zillas), blended family moments were all coming to this friend’s mind. She was thinking that it would be horrid to have to deal with. Well that’s what I took from it. But I believe in the goodness of humanity and those “horrid” people only become horrid when stuff goes bad.
You see it’s a funny thing really. As a small girl I suppose I did think a handsome prince would ride up on his trusty steed and sweep me off to his kingdom far, far away. Far away from my family home and having to watch my parents marriage failing. (Thanks Disney).
And there’s the thing. I did watch my parents marriage end and after watching it I vowed and declared that marriage was not for me. I am never having kids. I dug my heals in and said that living together is just the same as marriage and that would be good enough for me.
In my twenties I got engaged. We were in love. We lived together. We were young. We had different ideals. Eventually that relationship ran it’s course and I thank the universe we never got married and had kids. With the wisdom of hindsight, I can look back and see that if I really did want to get married, I would have done something about setting the date and organising the party. Parties are my thing. It’s what I do well.
In my thirties I hooked up with my husband. I can’t say met, because we met many years earlier as we lived in the same small town. We had always known each other and had mutual friends. We were friends. We had even kissed after a party when I was 15 and he was 17.
We used to party and party hard. When we got home after closing we would crank up the music and continue dancing until the wee hours of the morning. A dear friend said to me how he was romancing me. I scoffed. She was right. He rode up on his trusty steed <insert dream sequence here>, OK, reality check. He walked me home with his bike, ready to return to his place.
I moved in pretty quickly, a) because I was in love, b) because the rent was cheap, and c) because I was living with my mum and her partner. I was still in business then, so I wasn’t home that much.
A couple of years later I was working at the club. The business had folded by then, but I still spent a lot of hours at work, and all nights. Dear Husband was out in the main lounge having some drinks with my aunt and her friend. I went out of the dining area into the casino lounge for my smoke break (oh how times have changed!) and he said to me, “We have just decided on the date for our wedding”. A bit weird, as I was not involved in the conversation, but lovely that that was what was being discussed. We had never done the proposal thing properly or anything.
So that night when I got home, to the house we had built together, he proposed. Sort of. Pissed, but he meant it. He wanted to live with me until he was ninety (I pretend to count down to that time), and he wanted to be married. His mum and dad still are married, his views were a bit different from mine.
Months later I was shopping and found a ring for him to buy me. As you can see, none of this process is the traditional fairy tale. I made him pay for it, even though we already had shared accounts and a home together. The following year we got married.
So why and I writing this? What changed? You are probably saying FFS, get to the point.
We changed. We changed for the better. We are now a married couple. When I talk about him I call him my husband. When he talks about me he calls me his wife. It is different. It is a commitment for life (or at least until he turns 90, wink). We fell pregnant immediately and welcomed GC8 into our world 40 weeks later.
We will be married 10 years in November and we have had our share of shit to deal with. But we have done just that. I don’t like him every second of every day, but I do love him. Standing with our friends and making that commitment changed us in a good way. Unlike my first “engagement” I can’t just walk out on him. There is heaps of legal stuff (and two little people) standing in our way now. That legal stuff is what the same sex couples are striving for when they talk of marriage equality.
We stood before our nearest and dearest and we vowed to stand by each other forever.
So to you my friend who wanted to know Why?
I wish to be the person who performs the ceremony to cement the relationship. I wish to share the joy of making the commitment to one another. I wish to share the love with you and your loved ones. I will help write vows and find the words you are looking for. I wish for a lifetime of happiness.
Gold Parenting Moment!
This morning BC6 climbs into the spare bed with me. I escape there when I can’t sleep.
He looks up at the photo albums in the open wardrobe.
He asks “Mum, have you any photos from when you were little?”
“Yes, some, not many, what do you want it for?”
“We have to take something from the olden days to school.”
Bite lip. He is cute and my son so I try to hold back thoughts of copying Homer strangling Bart.
Go to robe and produce folder Mum made for myself and brother. It contains copies of photos of our ancestors.
Mum copied wedding photos of our Greatgrandparents, grandparents, parents and her brother who died accidentally when I was 3. I have added other snippets of history along the way.
I explain that Miss I is probably looking for more “olden” than old me born in 1972.
He finds his history lesson enchanting and GC8 also gets in on the action. I point out all the belongings I still have which were hand made by my great nan and pop who I was lucky to still have in my life until I was an adult. Wow, they think it’s so cool.
Thanks Mum, that folder of photos is one of the best gifts you ever gave me.