What do your children mean to you? – Nickie from IAmTypecast.com
As part of a campaign to promote children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent – and Yummy Mummy Week (10th to 18th March 2012) – Nickie has asked, “What do your children mean to you?” and “How have they changed your life?”
My children are my proudest achievements. They’re the reason I’ve smiled more in the last four years than I smiled in the full 25 years before that.
They’re the first thing I think of when I wake up and the last thing I think of before I go to sleep. They’re proof that I can at least do two things right.
They’re embarrassing beyond measure. Tantrums in supermarkets. Poo exploding out of nappies in restaurants. They turn me an unattractive shade of red that deepens as strangers give me that “can’t you control your children?” look and I try to plea back, telepathically, “they’re really good most of the time!”
They make me laugh until my face hurts and sob when no one’s looking. I watch them grow and develop with excitement and terror in equal measure – my precious little people.
They’re frustrating, exhausting, infuriating little wonders and I wouldn’t change a thing about them.
I had to say “touch wood” to myself while writing this, a superstitious chant to ward away illness and ill fortune. For those families affected by children’s cancer, I can’t begin to imagine how hard daily life must be – even the thought leaves me numb.
Thanks to Nickie for hosting this prompt. Go and read Nickie’s blog if you haven’t already – it will leave you in no doubt as to the importance of CLIC Sargent’s work.