If you have been reading this blog you will know that I enjoyed the 2012 Borders Book Festiva. https://fionadranesblog.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/a-literary-feast/ I enjoyed all the sessions but in particular the last one with Patrick Gayle for many reasons. But one in particular his comments about women. He said that he liked to write about women characters in particular as we juggle so much. It explained why he writes so well about women.
But he is also right women do have so many balls up in the air that we need to keep juggling just to take a step forward. I was just thinking this morning hurrah second last school run. No rushing in the morning trying to put a washing on. Put clothes away. Make breakfast for four plus the dog. Consider if I need to do any preparations for tea and make two packed lunches. Take on my role as UN mediator as my daughter gets up at 0750 and battle resumes with her brother. Tidy up. Finally fling on some clothes and make up and get out of the house at 0833.
Whew I thought! It’s the summer holidays. Hurrah! But wait I thought this then involves a new type of juggling. On a usual day this will mean get up at 0630am and work till 0900am when the kids are begging me for breakfast and the dog is in desperate need of a walk. Then come 3pm its back to the office till at least six. Then rush back home make tea, walk the dog and then bed time stories before catching up on more work then it all starts all over again the next day!
At least though the kids are going to their respective grandparents for a week each in the summer which allows them to have some quality time with both sets of grandparents. Grandparents time to spoil them rotten and create long-lasting memories and me time to catch up with not only work but also to tidy up the house. And have sightly fewer balls to juggle than normal.
However the most important thing it aways does is make me miss them like crazy and long for them to be home again. I even miss the constant refrain “Mum where are/ is. What’s for tea.” And the hundred and one questions I am asked and thought to know on a daily basis. Because I’m their mum and thats my most important job in the world. And it makes me realise there is a reason why we juggle all these balls in the air. Because quite simply we love our kids. Childhood is such a short period of time. So what’s a few juggling balls at the end of the day? And as Patrick Gayle says we women are particularly good at it!