Clearly Christmas was no time to suddenly think your parents deserve a lie-in. After all, Santa might still have been on the prowl… Presents were under the tree… and we were staying in a friends house so there was much to explore. Christmas Day Daddy took smiling flower downstairs and I was supposed to be sleeping but I found myself thinking through the logistics of turkey timings, how to jazz up the sprouts and whether we should eat it all at lunch time or tea time…
So instead I pushed all that to one side and started a blog post.
I wanted to say thank you. I am always full of an extra dose of emotion on Christmas Day, so true to form, I woke that morning feeling love and goodwill towards everyone I know within a world wide vicinity! I thought about 2010 and all that it had contained and especially about the last 3 months of blogging. What a journey. It has been a huge encouragement to share it with all who read here and receive the feedback from your comments.
Now it is New Years Day and once again I am lying in bed whilst Dad has our girl downstairs (what a man!) We spent New Years Eve with friends and talked, inevitably, about the highlights and lowlights of 2010. The lowlights for me were learning that smiling flower couldn’t have a cochlear implant and then that she had CHARGE syndrome. But there have been some wonderful highlights too; blogging being one that I hadn’t anticipated at the beginning of the year, and seeing our girl making her way with her first signs and steps in this world.
My good friend Beate had this as her status on facebook a few weeks ago:
Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. ~Hans Christian Anderson
It made me smile because this is what I have and these are things that I never want to take for granted, but to cherish into 2011.
I sincerely hope this is a good year for you all. But whatever it brings, may the sunshine, our freedoms and the flowers in our lives keep us strong x