12 December 2011
like my parents always said "the joy of Christmas is watching children play & feeling lucky you have them!!"
I had a charmed childhood, i was truly lucky & knew nothing of unhappiness or wanting for anything - toys, travel, love, siblings, pets, friends - shockingly, we weren't spoilt brats, as good manners & appreciation was top of my parent's list of priorities. My parents were born in the Depression & instilled in us, if you have children, you make them feel so wanted & give them the best you can offer, if only your love, time & energy as sometimes that is all you have. Hell yeah, been there!!
Christmas can be a mass consumer explosion if you let it. We've lived on a tight budget for a long time & i don't think my children even realise we give them clothes & things they need as 'gifts'. Trust me when i say they needed the new bikes - it's freedom & adventure. I like the basics, the outdoors . . . do trampolines ever disappoint??
We went to Bowral on the weekend to visit my sister for an early Christmas. It has certainly taken the edge off Christmas day for me, i've seen some family & while it's another Christmas with my husband away at war, we can still have a typical Australian Summer of fun.
Those Australian Summers also include severe thunder storms!!
Not that it made any difference to the children - look at that rain!!
They had a huge seven-cousin-spa to warm up, then we opened presents. Fantastic - the entire Harry Potter book & DVD set. My darling boy started reading the first book in the car trip home (my children are keen readers, my husband is a voracious reader too, good for them, i'd rather be sewing!!)
I forced my children to surrender my sister's new pussy cat - her husband found this darling little creature at a work site, why are people so unkind, to animals?? This cat has won the lottery with my sister's 3 gentle animal loving children & kudos to my tough brother-in-law with his marshmellow centre.
Loving the new tyres on my 4WD as it poured the whole 400km trip. I knew it wasn't good when i saw an ambulance, then rescue truck, then police cars, then this mess - you can just see the blue sign, it says 'stop, revive, survive' in front of a car wrapped around a tree. It was a timely reminder how lucky we are to be alive. Full stop.
So grim. No point pretending bad things don't happen (we're realistic with my husband's line of work) so i used it as a lesson in defensive driving for my eldest, who will be on the road in a few short years. There are constant fears & hurdles to overcome with your children, driving has to be one of the biggest. In the meantime, very much embracing the joy of watching my children play & feeling so so lucky i have them this Christmas. Love Posie