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I Hope You Know

Ten years old. Ten. It’s a terrible cliché to say ‘where did that go’ and ‘hasn’t time flown’ and ‘I can’t believe my baby is 10’, but it is all frighteningly true. I wish that my birthday message to you … Continue reading

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Daring to believe

As a kid (and as an avid tennis player and supporter) I used to feel a sense of loss on the second Monday of July every year – the day I would wake up and realise Wimbledon was over and … Continue reading

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the beauty of ‘difference’

In recent days I’ve started to feel a little uncomfortable. Guilty. Self-questioning. Not that these are new sensations for me (I went to an all girls’ grammar school, after all), but this has been more than schoolgirl awkwardness. In the … Continue reading

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Unfinished Thoughts

I haven’t written a blog since June. Actually, that’s not strictly true; I haven’t FINISHED a blog since June. I’ve started several (too many to admit) – some on screen, a couple on discarded till receipts, and the rest only … Continue reading

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Happy holidays.

“Oh you’re so lucky, getting all that holiday.” It’s a phrase any teacher knows well, and a phrase which any teacher tends to find at least mildly galling. Yes, we’re ‘off’ for 5 weeks in the summer, but let’s not … Continue reading

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The importance of being Grandad

       I saw a remarkable video once of a man who had been blind from an early age, able to navigate his way around unknown cities and streets, through the use of sonar. By making clicks with his … Continue reading

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Damaged Goods

Sometimes, in trying to explain the impact that Rett Syndrome has had on our lives, I have referred to myself and my husband as ‘damaged goods’. People don’t respond to this very well in general, I think they see it … Continue reading

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Making it Personal

    There are 289 shopping days to go until Christmas, yet my two young sons already have their wish lists well underway. One trip along (not even inside)  the high street shops last weekend generated several excited squeals of ‘ooh look’ … Continue reading

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Ten Things I Wish I’d Known ‘Back Then’

I saw a Facebook post going round recently, one of those 50s-style, witty postcards, which said ‘sometimes I write down tasks after I’ve done them, just to get the satisfaction of crossing them off my list.’ This is me. I … Continue reading

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To Hannah, the night before Christmas

Eight years ago this Christmas, when I was six months pregnant with you, my first born child, my sister (your aunty) gave me a blank book. She had had her own first child 7 months earlier, and in the front … Continue reading

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