On Monday when I came home from Man’s I was depressed about having to move house again.
Talking to gorgeous daughter number two, I shed a few tears and apologised for not being able to provide her with a stable roof over her head.
Most people I know own their own home, I said. They were able to provide a home for their children, I said.
In her inimitable, laid-back, down-to-earth style she replied: “Most people didn’t have an alcoholic husband who spent all their money. I think you’ve done a good job.”
She cheered me up.
Yesterday at work I got into the lift with a colleague.
“I hope you don’t mind me saying,” she said. “But I find you inspirational, both in your professional life and with the way you are with your girls.”
I was bowled over. It was such a lovely thing to say and her words came at such an appropriate moment for me. And now she has inspired me.
So that’s it with the wallowing in self-pity. I have things to do (like find another house and pack this one up, and work on achieving mine and Man’s dream of working for ourselves and buying our own home), I have two wonderful daughters, a Man whom I love dearly and who also loves me and I am surrounded by supportive friends and colleagues.
And, you know, whatever hurdles have been put in our way, the girls and I have always managed to jump them – this time will be no different.
So, crisis over, I am back on track.
Now here is my wildlife discovery for yesterday.
A crayfish just chilling by the weir at work.
We had a mink at work a few years ago. I never saw it but you could tell by the number of crayfish claws all over the car park. We had to get pest control in to catch it.
I’m sure I read somewhere that these crayfish are a menace in the rivers too (but I may just be making that up because I can’t remember properly).
When I got home last night gorgeous daughter number two had prepared dinner – salmon steaks, new potatoes, carrots and French beans, delicious.
She had also evicted gorgeous daughter number one’s smelly flowers into the garden.
It’s a shame because the blooms have opened up and they look absolutely beautiful. But they are so unnecessarily stinky, they really can’t stay in the house.
They look nice in the garden :)
And the sunset looked lovely last night too. And some very lovely people have made me come to my senses and remember my life is not remotely doom and gloom, it’s very happy and positive and I am extremely lucky.
I am also extremely good at overcoming obstacles.