Thursday, March 21, 2013

Quarter of an hour, from life and grateful.


1. A lot of housekeeping advice seems to centre on one tip: "Get up 15 minutes before everyone else." I could once, but it is almost impossible for me to achieve now: Nick and Alec both like a cuddle in the morning and I can't work out how to wake myself without waking Alec. This morning I didn't manage to get up before Nick but Alec slept right through until almost half past eight and I got my 15 minutes.

2. Laura says she doesn't much like life drawing and being forced to produce something less than perfect. She battles on just the same, marking up her sketchbook pages with shadows and glimpses of the ever-moving Alec.

3. As Laura is leaving Alec pops up with "Thank you much my cakey." I hadn't yet said my thank yous for the dozen chocolate fairy cakes she'd brought with her. We were both very impressed by his memory and by his manners. (It's strange because only yesterday I got into an email conversation about why I don't think this is a gratitude blog; and then today I was struck by this post about authentic gratitude over at Codename Mama.)

4 comments:

  1. About saying thank you -- it has been argued that politeness conventions are the grease that keeps the wheels of society running smoothly.

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    1. It's very true, the polite phrases are not meaningless tags by any means. The English are sometimes mocked for saying thank you too much -- shop transactions in particular. But I think if that's the worst thing that can be said about you, you're doing something right.

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  2. I thought Alec had his own bed now? Sometimes hugs are better than getting fifteen minutes alone.

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    1. He has his own bed... but do you think he sleeps in it?

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