Friday, February 28, 2014

Rare









Rare,
like gold dust,
like a diamond in the sky,
but palpable and real,
and held within
the arms of family.


Marked by a quality;
uncertain,
unclear,
but exceptional no less.
Inimitable perhaps and
perfectly imperfect.


Precious.
Invaluable.
Loved.
And yet few seek them out;
Not actively
nor mindfully.


Born to the 
blissfully unaware,
to the uninitiated,
to those who
dream and hope
for more.


Lives turned
upside down
and
roundabout
until a new 
true is found.


So few exist,
the miles between them far and wide,
but a community holds them
together
as tightly as their
faulty double helices.


Rare is real
and heartbreakingly
bittersweet,
but loved none the less,
a true blessing in
disguise.


Life is lived, lessons are learnt:
treasure the rare -
they will teach
us all how to live a life of 
love and
wonderment.


Be in awe of rare.




Thursday, February 27, 2014

#TeamOrange


Orange is so not my colour!
Never did I dream of the day I would walk proudly wearing orange,
But it happened
And it felt good...














I joined Team Orange shortly after Eilidh was diagnosed with SMA, strengthening the affiliation with the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign over time until I Moved a Mile for Muscles in August of last year and then became Chair of the Scottish Council for the MDC at our National Conference in October.  It's been a busy few months but crikey there are exciting times ahead for the MDC in Scotland and I am so looking forward to being involved.  Just watch this space - it may be orange but it's a vibrant orange that's going places!




Thursday, February 20, 2014

Road Trip Fun


Driving, Driving, Driving...
Some holidays are all about the road trip!
How do you entertain your little ones while on the road?
Well, Niamh and Eilidh are full on DVD player converts!
DVD-tastic and scooby-snacks are a must in the E-Team Van!
But all kiddies are different: what do your little ones enjoy on a car journey?  How do you while away the hours of 
"are we there yet?" 
"mummy, i neeeeeeeed a peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!"?
Ahead of a wee review I'll be posting soon - as part of my role as BRITAX Mumbassador - I'm sharing a couple of wee things you can do on your next road trip, whether it be half term, Easter or summer.
Enjoy!










And here's the release from BRITAX:
"LONG JOURNEY PLANNED FOR HALF TERM?  CHECK OUT BRITAX’S PRINTABLE FUN ACTIVITY SHEETS GUARANTEED TO OCCUPY YOUNG MINDS
With half term underway, families up and down the country will be setting off to visit friends and grandparents far and wide to make the most of their time off with the children.  So begins... the car clean, the car seat checks, route planning and packing. 
As many of us parents here at BRITAX know, packing a small bag for the car to keep the children entertained for a couple of hours en route should also be high on the list of priorities, even for the older children!
Fully charged electronic devices? Check. Snacks? Check. Emergency Wipes? Check.  Favourite cuddly toy? Check. Pen, pencil and notebook? Check. For even longer journeys, as parents, we know, you also need a repertoire of songs, car games and a LOT of patience. We wanted to lend parents an extra helping hand with our fantastic printable activity sheets for children four years and older.
As you head out of the city or countryside to hit the motorway, we’re challenging your younger children’s bright little minds to spot key landmarks, planes and animals.  With a visual printable ‘I Spy’ sheet, they will just need a pencil to circle what they spot and can also colour in the images while they play!  Older children are also encouraged to put their literacy skills to the test and create short sentences featuring everything they have spotted on their journey. No mess, no fuss, just fun. For the older travelers we also have a ‘Number Detective’ worksheet to challenge their minds with harder, logic solving questions which will even give the parents a run for their money if the kids get stuck.  We guarantee at least 15 minutes extra peace on your journey!"




Saturday, February 15, 2014

Writing



I never thought - nor believed - that I could write and by "write" I mean put pen to paper, in black and white, and write something worthy of others reading, enjoying, commenting on, being inspired by...

A most formidable lady taught me this, she made me doubt myself: Ms Taylor, 1b English teacher 1986.  She would peer over her glasses at me, occasionally removing them to put a leg into her mouth (and on special occasions she put her foot in too...), and reinforced that it was true, that I could not write.  Funnily enough, I never liked her; she made me feel stupid, thick, incompetent of everything, incapable of all.  I believed that I would not succeed if I could not (and would not) succeed at English...

Over the years the Scottish Play, Shylock, Portia, the Ancient Mariner, and the honorable fallen were but a few; fiction pursued for the greater good of grades, their stories lost among the passages read and re-read.  "You speak an infinite deal of nothing" rang so very true; you were taught the curriculum and no flare or creativity.

So when this blog came to being, I took a leap of faith and I wrote all that was (and still is) important to me.  I came to realise that "stories only happen to those who are able to tell them" but that everyone is able - in some shape or form, whether it be poetry or prose, photography or fine art - to tell their story.  

Over time I came to realise that I can write; it may not be beautiful, but I can write.  It is no longer about "pleasing Ms Taylor"; it's about writing from my heart about what matters to me.  I only wish that I had had more encouragement, more opportunity earlier...










The 100WC is new to me and I have recently become involved with "commenting" on the work of the children taking part.  I'd like to think that I can encourage others to explore their stories at a younger age, enabling them to realise that there is so much more to writing than the curriculum, that their stories come to life when read by another, that they can write.  

You can find out more about 100WC here and if you would like to get involved, please contact @TheHeadsOffice on twitter.




‘The unread story is not a story;
it is little black marks on wood pulp. 
The reader, reading it, makes it live:
a live thing, a story.’     

Ursula K. Le Guin

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Norfolk Skies


Norfolk Skies:
3 nights and 4 days with friends, 
god-mummys and god-daughters






Endless skies:
heavenly light
breaking through
long white glorious
clouds of dreams.
Time evolves:
a sense of stillness, 
of peace,
envelops me
completely.
Time
is the 
healer.
For one moment,
just one precious
and
pure moment,
I wish for time to
stand still



for 
time
to
run
backwards


towards
my hopes and dreams,
lost amid
the clouds


I can only hope.


The clouds part;
heaven is coming to 
earth.