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Inanimate Objects

Nothing is inanimate, what is the rest is our interpretation.

– Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun

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A glass dove.

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A Victorian rocking horse.

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A stack of books.

He had insisted that inanimate objects couldn’t have malignant motivations, but Emma had extensive proof to the contrary. – Lauren Willig, The Garden Intrigue.

 I like going around the house taking photos of anything that catches my eye.

Do you do this too?

Word of the Week: Hopeful

We’ve had a good week.  The temperature has improved (unless of course it changes again) and it really feels like spring has sprung.  It has actually been warm enough to wear sandals to do the school run, but admittedly, it can still be a bit cold when there’s a breeze, but instead of wearing a bulky coat, a cardigan will do. We’ve also had loads of lovely sunshine, blue skies, and the days are now longer.  All this makes me rather feel giddy, hopeful even.  Then again, today we woke up to grey skies and light rain, at least tomorrow’s forecast should be a good again.

I know winter is long gone, but I’ve only really felt the long shadow of winter leave the past few weeks and that spring is really here.

And it also looks like, our long house saga is about to end.  I say this with caution because the last time I wrote about it, it fell apart.  I still shudder with what we’ve had to go through, the stress, the tension, and how it affected us so much as a family.  We’ve been living surrounded by boxes for over a month now and it’s awful.  But I’m feeling hopeful about our situation.  In fact, we’ve actually been talking about what to do and where to go for our summer holiday.  We’ve been so consumed about the house move since September of last year, we didn’t have any room to think about anything else, let alone going away for the summer vacation.

As for little T, she is definitely back in the rhythm of going to school, doing homework, and attending her after school activities as well as playdates.  I do hear a lot of “It’s not fair mum!” when I tell her it’s time to go to bed.  Why do kids hate going to bed?  As if they’re worried that as soon as they fall asleep, something exciting happens without them.

Even Boots seems to have accepted her fate of being an indoor cat instead of an outdoor one. She is also tolerating Doc more and can spend time in the same room with him, she still glares at him of course, and gives him hissing sounds whenever he dares go near her, but at least they seem to have accepted each others presence already.

We have errands to do in Plymouth on Saturday and T has a birthday party to attend on Sunday, so it’s going to be a bit of a busy weekend for us.

What about you?

How was your week?

Do share.

The Reading Residence

A Not-So-Ordinary-Day for Dads

Just a short post to share this lovely quote on Fatherhood with you guys today:

“To be the father of growing daughters is to understand something of what Yeats evokes with his imperishable phrase ‘terrible beauty.’ Nothing can make one so happily exhilarated or so frightened: it’s a solid lesson in the limitations of self to realize that your heart is running around inside someone else’s body. It also makes me quite astonishingly calm at the thought of death: I know whom I would die to protect and I also understand that nobody but a lugubrious serf can possibly wish for a father who never goes away.”

– Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

Now enjoy the day with your fathers, father-figures or husbands and if you’re lucky to have all of them with you on this special day, don’t forget to tell them how much they mean to you – remember life is too short to leave things unsaid!

Little Hearts, Big Love

Top 12 Quotable Quotes on Parenthood

I love this list of quotes from all who were featured last year, 2014 with Chat’s with Mums and Dads.  Sometimes I wonder whether it’s the year to stop doing it, but I change my mind as soon as I read some of the words written here.  I love hearing stories from parents, even if sometimes, the stories are the same.  Often, the words are lovely and wise and leaves me with goosebumps, sometimes with tears.  Read for yourself:

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“I love seeing things through the innocence of a child’s eyes. (You can tell all our kids are still young, can’t you?) We so easily become jaded and cynical as adults, but to children something as simple as a bus ride is a magical experience, and to them everything is possible. Being there to guide them through this amazing world of ours is a privilege”

December: Tim of Slouching Towards Thatcham

“That those little people (kind of big now) need me. They really do. Even my 19-year-old man-child will come to me when he is sick, when he is sad or when he just needs a hug. It feels so good to be needed”

November: Tracie of Life in the Whylde West

“Don’t get too hung up over “rules” and “right ways” of parenting – it merely contributes to anxiety on both the kids and yourself. Just set broad parameters for acceptable behaviour, then it is all about setting examples by your actions. This is because children, well at least mine anyway, rarely hear but often do what they see”

October: JD of Jogging Dad

“That it’s not like in the movies. They don’t sit still during dinner. But that’s all right. Don’t sweat the small stuff”

 September: Jhanis of The Vanilla Housewife

“The small things like coming home and seeing their excited faces at the window and getting smothered with cuddles as I walk in the door everyday. This is something Mummy doesn’t get because she is always around”

August: James of Daddy Space

“I was told to lead by example. This is a tough job especially when you’re fed up to the back teeth with the kids. If you end up shouting, then of course your child will learn to shout back. If you hit them (which I don’t do by the way) they will learn that too. It’s hard, but we’re all human, and I’ve yelled at Lily plenty of times, then told her not to yell at me! Note to self: lead by example!”

July: Josanne of My Kids Rules

“But being away from them, and feeling that gigantic hole in my heart as I sit on a plane, that is the one thing crappy thing about being a dad. You know those moments when you realise part of your essence is missing”

June: Pieter of Ah Dad

“Where is my magic wand? I hate the days where it feels like I’ve failed because I just don’t know what I’m supposed to do or because I can’t fix it. I want the magic wand that gives me the answers and cures all that is wrong! Sometimes it was when he was sick, and sometimes it is because of something he is going through, I just want to make it all better!”

May: Kate of Did that just happen blog?

“It’s awesome. You want more? Well I think it can probably be summed up in the feeling you get when you open the door in the evening having been at work all day and 2 crazy toddlers come running into the hall shouting DADDDY! I love being a dad, I love seeing them develop and learn things, I love their laughter and how you forget all your worries and stresses around them”

April: Ben of Mutterings of a fool

“Pick your battles.  I have control-freak tendencies which if I don’t keep in check, could send our home life into a frenzy! That’s why choosing which battles to pick and being purposeful about this, is something that I try to do on a daily basis.  Does it really matter if their bedroom is a tip during the week?  No, they can tidy it at the weekend and I will count to 10 on entering Monday-Friday!”

March: Suzanne of 3 Children and It

“I love the unpredictability of having a child. Jackson makes me laugh all the time. I like watching him grow and seeing how much progress he seems to make so quickly. I like the fact that however hard it gets there is still unconditional love between the two of us. I suppose part of me enjoys the challenge of turning tantrums and bad behaviour into more positive outcomes too. I like to help him learn and I enjoy all of the lessons he teaches me without even knowing it, too”

February: Ben of Life as a Widower

“I wish I could tell myself to enjoy the early days and cuddles without worrying, they go so quickly! When I see people with tiny babies sleeping on their chests I feel sad that I ever thought it was more important to get them to nap in a basket”

January: Katie of Hurrah for Gin

If you haven’t heard or read any of the bloggers featured on this list, then you are missing so much!  Do check them out and their interviews.  They’ll make you laugh and cry, some may even do both and f you wish to be featured too, please get in touch with me (deanbwordpressblogs@gmail.com).  I normally feature bloggers whom I really admire, read and follow, but would so love to discover new ones too!

Click here if you want to read 2013’s Quotable Quotes on Parenthood.

And also I started Chats with Mums 2015 with a bang!  Do read the lovely Adele of Circus Queen on her thoughts of motherhood and other tales.

Quotable Quotes about Fatherhood straight from the mouths of Dads

Since it is Father’s Day, I’ve compiled a list of my favourite quotes about fatherhood from all the lovely fathers who have been featured in Chats with Dads.  These words are straight from the mouths of the best of the dad bloggers out there.  If you like reading blogs and haven’t discovered any of them, you better discover all of them now!

These dad bloggers are funny, witty, poignant and touching.  They all write with a heart.  All of them are a definite-read:

I love the moment I walk into the house after a trip away or a day at work.  My daughter will be the first to come running, arms pumping furiously, huge dimpled smile, curly hair bobbing. She will crash into my knees, sticking like a limpet to my legs and screaming with joy.

My little man will come crawling soon after, head down, hands slapping on the floor, little bottom waddling like a duck, big gummy grin, squealing with happiness, arms outstretched imploring for a hug.

I literally get bowled off my feet with a tide of pure, sticky joy.

It is at these moments that I’m reminded that fatherhood is the most important job in the world.

It is these moments that I want to last forever.

– June 2013 Chat with a Dad: The Secret Father.

 What do I wish I knew before becoming a dad? It’s a difficult question. If I knew all the problems I was too face in life, I might have decided, the time was never right to have any children at all. So for me, blind ignorance was best.

I have a great dad, so I tried to teach, nurture and discipline my children the same way he treat me. I didn’t always succeed.

– August 2013 Chat with a Dad: Pecora Nera

I love watching them grow, develop, and discover new things. The precious moments when they laugh uncontrollably at the strangest of things. When we’re playing on the floor and I’m lost in their weird and warped imaginations. And from a selfish point of view when they assume I know everything and then believe whatever gubbins I tell them.

November 2013 Chat with a Dad: Mark of the Adventures of Sonny & Luca

I love the unpredictability of having a child. Jackson makes me laugh all the time. I like watching him grow and seeing how much progress he seems to make so quickly. I like the fact that however hard it gets there is still unconditional love between the two of us. I suppose part of me enjoys the challenge of turning tantrums and bad behaviour into more positive outcomes too. I like to help him learn and I enjoy all of the lessons he teaches me without even knowing it, too.

 February 2014 Chat with a Dad: Ben of Life as a Widower

It’s awesome. You want more? Well I think it can probably be summed up in the feeling you get when you open the door in the evening having been at work all day and 2 crazy toddlers come running into the hall shouting DADDDY! I love being a dad, I love seeing them develop and learn things, I love their laughter and how you forget all your worries and stresses around them.

April 2014 Chat with a Dad: Ben of Mutterings of Fool

Having kids.
Having someone love you unconditionally.
Having someone whom I love unconditionally.
Having someone teach me more about myself every day.
Having someone who makes me want to be a better version of myself.

June 2014 Chat with a Dad: Ah Dad

And here’s one of my favourite photos of little T and her dad walking towards each other in the headland:

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And lastly,

Happy Father’s Day to little T’s dad.  

She’s lucky to have the best Dad in the world! – as well as all the dads out there of course (especially to the dads who have been featured above)

 A special mention also goes out  to my own dad, whom I miss so much.

Have a lovely Father’s Day folks!

It's Mother's Day here in the UK

 

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Happy Mother’s Day to all mums out there, as well as to women who have been like mothers to others!  And even though it isn’t mother’s day yet back home – will include my mum too who has made me the mother I am today:  fiercely loving and protective of my daughter.  Yes, I am my mother’s daughter and I’m proud of that.

And here’s a quote all mums (dads too) will know:

“Sometimes when you pick up your child you can feel the map of your own bones beneath your hands, or smell the scent of your skin in the nape of his neck. This is the most extraordinary thing about motherhood – finding a piece of yourself separate and apart that all the same you could not live without.”
― Jodi Picoult, Perfect Match

 This post is linked-up with One Dad 3 girls #MySundayPhoto

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My Top Ten Favourite Quotes on Motherhood

I’ve compiled a list of quotes I like on motherhood by authors I’ve read and liked to share with all of you.  Although I haven’t read any of Jodi Picoult’s novels, I decided to include her in the list because I really like what she wrote about children.  I hope you all enjoy these quotes as much as I do.

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Warning:  Not all are sugar-coated, but they all speak the truth and that’s why I like them.

1.  Sometimes when you pick up your child you can feel the map of your own bones beneath your hands, or smell the scent of your skin in the nape of his neck. This is the most extraordinary thing about motherhood – finding a piece of yourself separate and apart that all the same you could not live without. – Jodi Piccoult, Author of “Perfect Match”

 2.  The great motherhood friendships are the ones in which two women can admit [how difficult mothering is] quietly to each other, over cups of tea at a table sticky with spilled apple juice and littered with markers without tops. – Anna Quindlen, Author of “One True Thing”

3.  What is so real as the cry of a child?

        A rabbit’s cry may be wilder

        But it has no soul.

                  – Sylvie Plath, Ariel

4.  It seems to me that since I’ve had children, I’ve grown richer and deeper. They may have slowed down my writing for a while, but when I did write, I had more of a self to speak from. – Anne Tyler, Author of Accidental Tourist

5.   By and large,mothers and house wives are the only workers who do not have regular time off.They are the great vacationless class.  -Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Author of Gift from the Sea

6.  I looked at the clock with the faint unconscious hope common to all mothers that time will somehow have passed magically away and the next time you look it will be bedtime. Shirley Jackson, Author of We have always lived in the castle

 7.  What do you think was the first sound to become a word, a meaning?…

 I imagined two people without words, unable to speak to each other. I imagined the need: The color of the sky that meant ‘storm.’ The smell of fire taht meant ‘Flee.’ The sound of a tiger about to pounce. Who would worry about these things?

And then I realized what the first word must have been: ma, the sound of a baby smacking its lips in search of her mother’s breast. For a long time, that was the only word the baby needed. Ma, ma, ma. Then the mother decided that was her name and she began to speak, too. She taught the baby to be careful: sky, fire, tiger. A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin. – Amy Tan, author of “The Joy Luck Club”

 8.  Accept the children the way we accept trees—with gratitude, because they are a blessing—but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are. – Isabelle Allende, author of House of Spirits

 9.  Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What’s that suppose to mean? In my heart it don’t mean a thing. -Toni Morrison, author of Beloved

Number ten is the quote I like the most and it is also written by one of my favourite author, Marilyn French – see on the side of this blog.

What’s your favourite?