the ups and downs of the week that was

It’s been a busy week this week – I’ve barely blogged at all. It’s been one of those periods where I’ve done lots and gained plenty of inspiration for posts, but for one reason or another the posts don’t get written. But as it’s a Sunday night and I still have (just) enough energy to wave my fingers in the direction of computer keys in a way that may result in words, I thought I’d do a quick roundup of the most memorable parts of the week:

My boys - a moment of brotherly love on a walk.

My boys – a moment of brotherly love on a walk.

  • Along with lots of other parents and carers, I went in to school to do some cooking with my six-year-old and his class. We made a variety of different things, the kids loved having us there and it’s such a positive thing to get parents/carers engaged with school and learning I think. I do wonder how often the school will be able to hold sessions like this in the future though, given the government’s focus on children being able to give the proper description to grammatical utterances and deduce complicated mathematics from lengthy stories. There’s a ranty blog post about ridiculous educational standards and the potential impact on children’s self-esteem building up in me…
  • I was witness to a horrible bullying incident and ended up – along with another parent – comforting a young boy and talking to all his friends about how the bully had been treating him. So I saw both a horrible display of lack of empathy (from the bully) and a touching display of empathetic concern from a group of boys. It’s stayed with me (the poor kid was so upset) and I’ll be taking further action to try and ensure it doesn’t happen again.
  • I went to my Grandma’s eighty-seventh birthday party. She’s increasingly frail these days so we were all thrilled that she was able to come to what was quite a large family meal in a lovely hotel. There was much talking and laughing over delicious food and wine but the moment that affected me most during the whole evening was a little look I caught between my Grandma and my ninety-two-year-old Grandpa. It was just after my Grandma had said a little ‘thank you’ speech about how happy she was to see us all there, and the look… it was a look of such love. Of long lasting ‘I’ve loved you through the decades and look what we’ve created together’ love. I was quite bowled over. They’ve been married for sixty-six years. Being with the same person for years and years isn’t always easy – I think we all go through our highs and lows – but that look said it all. That’s love, that.
  • I got to spend some time with my brothers. I love my brothers. There is definitely a post I need to write about how having brothers helps me be a mum to boys.

Lots more happened but I’ll leave it at that as I want to watch some telly (from one screen to another, yes I know, it’ll rot my brain!)

Hope you’ve had good weeks!

8 thoughts on “the ups and downs of the week that was

  1. Cara

    I love that you’ve noticed these moments and captured them. Thanks for sharing. We had a bullying incident in our week too. I was really proud of my long-haired son for intervening when he found two boys bullying another, even though it brought him into the firing line. I was horrified that the 8 year olds concerned were engaged in homophobic bullying so I spoke to the mum I knew, and spoke to the school, who took it very seriously and made me glad once again to have chosen this school no matter what others may think of it. Acton has been taken and my kids have learned that challenging bullies is the right thing to do.
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    1. Maddy Post author

      Kids can be so cruel can’t they? Sounds like you and your son handled the situation well though. The particularly awful thing about what I witnessed was that it was a case of the strong picking on the weak and not just physically but verbally with words really designed to wound. Like you, I feel compelled to act. I think we all need to look out for each others kids as well as our own. Thanks for commenting, Cara. xx
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  2. Alice @ The Filling Glass

    Maddy, a lovely post – your family gathering sounded great. We had a family do this weekend too, and it was really nice to see people. Well done to you for stepping into sort out a bully situation, so many people would ignore and expect teachers to sort stuff like that out. And I’m with you on the ranty state of the education system post…I’ve made a start on mine already!
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    1. Maddy Post author

      EXACTLY that, Jenny, yes! I’ve been with my husband for twenty-one years (we met as teenagers as you and your husband did I think?) so I already feel we’ve been through a bit, but its not a patch on 66 years. My grandparents are actually pretty different people in lots of ways and yet they’ve really made it work. I find it inspiring (and heart-melting)! Thanks for your lovely comment x
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