This week’s #WOTW and #R2BC

By | November 19, 2015

I’ve cried this week.  

Cried for the families in France who’ve lost their loved ones, cried for France because it’s just so unjust that a country previously renowned for its culture, its fashion and its history is now known for those terrible, terrible events of not just last week, but recent months.  Husbands, wives, sons and daughters set off for an evening of football, a concert or a meal last Friday, not knowing that many wouldn’t return.

How can one fraction detest another so much that it does this?  Both overseas and to people in its homeland, people who then risk treacherous journeys over land and sea, not knowing if they’ll be welcomed at the first piece of soil they land on.

Football can be such a diversive game, put someone in a red football shirt next to a blue and they’ll fall out over games or referees decisions from seasons ago; but this week, the whole world must have watched as two countries stood unified as they sang the national anthems of both sides, one singing their support for the other.  Who can’t have been moved by that?  By the sight of those teammates who were set to play a game when the terrors started, who’ve lost relatives, who must have felt scared just getting on to a pitch again and it would have been perfectly justifiable to feel that way.

It’s felt an emotional week – my one word to sum up this week – with:

Tears of sadness for France.

Feelings of immense pride that D’s Annual Review went well, that she sat in on the meeting for the first half, that she’s doing the best she can – yes, there are anxieties and limitations, but we are immensely proud of her, for being her.

Frustrated type feelings as our young teen just sometimes won’t listen to the advice we’re trying to impart.  To let him know we’ve been teenagers, that we understand the pressure cooker of emotions he feels every day.  Again, that we are so, so proud of him for doing his best, for being him but it would be nice if he took on board what we say, sometimes.

Annoyed feelings as our silly Nest smoke alarm decided to put on a “emergency, there’s an emergency” performance on the evening I was at a meeting, so Hubbie had to contend with a very anxious D and an irritated T over our theatrical smoke alarm.  There was no smoke, nothing.  The alarm spent the night in the cupboard under the stairs – under the “naughty step” if you like – and seems fine today, the pesky but very necessary thing.

And then today, Hubbie and I laughed, laughed and laughed some more at this Vicar of Dibley clip of a f*rting duck.  The clip linked up is very obviously taped from the TV but it’s so funny.  I never thought I would laugh until I cried at this, but I did.

I’ve included the windy duck clip because sometimes it takes something very silly to make you think “okay, yes it’s a rubbishy scary world at the moment, but look around you, look at your family, be grateful that you can laugh with them, cuddle them and get on with things.  Because many people in the world can’t.”

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Kim Carberry on 20th November 2015 at 5:09 pm.

It was truly awful what happened in France…So sad! I don’t usually watch the football but watched the match during the week. It was emotional.
Well done D! You have every reason to be proud. She sounds like a lovely young lady! Aha! I have a teen who doesn’t listen too….They can be so frustrating!
Very wise words Jeannette….We do have to be grateful x


Jeannette on 20th November 2015 at 6:25 pm.

We do, don’t we.
I’m so proud of D and T, it would be good if he listened, just a tad!
Have a lovely weekend x


Jocelyn (@ReadingRes) on 20th November 2015 at 5:11 pm.

So beautifully summed up. It has been an emotional week, world over, I’m glad you’ve found laughter, too x Thanks for sharing with #WotW


Jeannette on 20th November 2015 at 6:23 pm.

Thank you, a week for being grateful I guess x


Stephanie Robinson on 21st November 2015 at 12:03 am.

Definitely an emotional week, but glad there’s been laughter too X #wotw


Jeannette on 21st November 2015 at 12:00 pm.

Thank you x throughly recommend the duck clip, it’s so funny!


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