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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Clockwork


How often does it happen that nothing goes wrong that could have? The above photos were taken minutes after the arrival of my daughter-in-law and my eldest grandson. Even the airport cooperated -- it's the first time I have ever been to Heathrow and it has not been a terrible mass of people. On the contrary, terminal 4 was -- serene --.

Upon our arrival home there was a letter from the Council saying he had been accepted in the school of our choice! As half-term starts in two days time his first day will be Monday 29th October. So far so good ...

But my goodness how much I have forgotten about the demands of young children! From getting them fed to putting them to bed! Back to schedules and timetables, homework and vegetables.

The gods must be laughing!!!

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  1. Just go quietly and take it as easy as you can. I am sure that there will be some upheaval for a while. Thinking of you :-) Diane

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    1. Thanks, Diane. This week we have also had another grandson staying for half-term. The cousins get along fine -- but it's challenging at times for the grandparents!

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  2. Deja vu all over again!
    Thinking of you.

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    1. Thanks, Fly! It's a lot one forgets!

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  3. We'll get back when they have to take care of us!

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  4. I know why parents are usually quite young: it's a lot of WORK to raise kids. Good luck and keep writing about them. I like your pictures. :-)

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    1. Parents seem to be getting older all the time. Don't know how the older ones cope -- interesting that most of them only have one -- now, why would that be? ;-)

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  5. Actually, the gods are smiling, as are you. And your life will be the same as ever, during school hours.

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    1. Are they smiling or laughing at me? How strange to be thinking about school hours again!!

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  6. What a beautiful family! Sounds like you're busy, but having fun.

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  7. My heroine ! Such lovely photos. I am REALLY looking forward to hearing how things pan out for you all over the next few weeks. I bet those hours that Sam spends at school will become so precious to you. But how wonderful it will be if you can make him happier than he has been in recent months - it'll create such a brilliant long-term bond between you. Good luck

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    1. Rosemary, how nice to hear... So far everything is very positive. Next week he starts school, so fingers crossed...

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  8. Gorgeous photos, Broad and I'm so glad they arrived safely and things are going well. You and The Man are going to be BUSY! :-)

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  9. Hi Broad,
    You will be busy but you've no doubt already found out that you've remembered more than you've forgotten about bringing up kids!
    Glad you've been able to enrol Sam into the school of your choice.
    Bonne chance and enjoy your special times with Sam.

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    1. It's more 'Half-Remembrance of Things Past'! We are so very pleased about the school, I must say. Thanks so much, Gaynor for your 'Bonne chance'...

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  10. What a gorgeous family you all make. You'll be busy but what fun it will be too. Happy 'mothering' dearie :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Astrid. It should be an experience trying to 'mother' and 'grandmother' at the same time... I hope it's possible!

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  11. Sometimes, in spite of our worries and fears, things turn out well.

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    1. Sometimes I think the trick is to imagine every possible thing that can go wrong as a talisman against it actually happening!

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  12. G'day Broad. How exciting for you all. I know that your grandson will do exceptionally well, under the loving care that you and your husband will give him. Well done. Take care. Liz...

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    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Liz -- it's much appreciated.

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  13. They are both cute as a button (but don't tell the boy that, as it's not the sort of thing most boys like hearing!)

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    1. 'Cute' is definitely not a 'boy' term! But having raised 3 sons and having lived with the 3 grandsons in 2008, I have learned a thing or two and probably forgotten a thing or two as well!

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  14. Well, some days are diamonds. And you just had one. I hope you enjoy your grandson's presence around the house.

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    1. His presence is pure joy for us -- so far!

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  15. Sounds like a perfect day.. hope you have many more!

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  16. Dear Broad, I'm so excited for you. This is just wonderful news. Peace.

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  17. Hello Katherine:
    No matter the exhaustion, it must be so wonderful for you to have your grandson with you and to be such a close part of his everyday life. These will be times to treasure...yes, the gods are certainly smiling.....

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    1. You are so right, Jane and Lance. And I must add that Sam is still the sweet loving boy I remember from 2008 ...

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  18. I just read your comment on my post today. Thank you for the line about me being able to see beauty during times of trouble. Nature has always sustained me and I will never forget that exhibit.

    I thought I had left a comment here yesterday, maybe my computer was acting up and I meant to come back and do it later. Always a bad idea at my age, since one tends to forget.

    I know that while you may get tired, Sam will bring so much new life and fun into your lives and you will really help him. It is just so wonderful what you are doing for him. And I know you will have a wonderful time with him.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Inger. I've sometimes had trouble thinking I'd posted a comment only to discover I hadn't or it hadn't gone through.

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  19. how wonderful!! love to celebrate days and events like that!! good for all of you!!

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  20. Thanks Annmarie. It was a wonderful day -- the first of many, I suspect...

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