Shiny Happy Things that make me smile

I was chatting to a friend the other day, a friend who has known me since before I had children (i.e. a long time) and who has recently had her first baby. She also reads my blog. As I always imagined would be the case, she is a completely natural mother and absolutely loves it. When she was talking about her baby though on the phone to me, she sounded almost apologetic – “I’m sure the novelty will wear off soon,” she said, “and I’ll feel more like you do about it.”

Oh dear.

I looked back through my posts and wondered if perhaps they were a little negative. I guess it is the nature of my theme that I am going to be venting frustrations, sounding off to an imaginary husband, and that I will tend therefore to be writing about things that have annoyed me. I don’t want this to be the case all the time though, and have been planning for a while to write something terribly wholesome and positive. Honest.

So I have been spurred into action this week by a tag from Mari at Mari’s World, asking me to write about Shiny Happy Things – the stuff that is guaranteed to make you smile. Obviously my first thought is of sitting quietly somewhere with a cup of coffee and the papers, but in an effort to nurture my maternal side, I am going to focus on the things my children do that make me love them extra hard. Here goes…

I love when Belle is in my bed with me (which until recently was pretty much every night) and she strokes my leg with her feet in her sleep.

I love it when Bee comes home from somewhere and she is really chatty – either because something has annoyed her or inspired her – and she talks non stop to me for ages about it.

I love that Belle is only seven but she has a fantastic sense of humour. She can be so sharp, so quick-witted, and very sarcastic. I know it is the lowest form of wit, but it is the basis of our whole family sense of humour, so it’s important Belle gets up to speed.

I love it when me and Bee go to the cinema on our own and laugh at all the same bits of the film, (often the bits no-one else is laughing at), and Bee makes me buy her a gigantic, hideous blue slush.

I love it that Belle is so self assured and confident, that she will happily just say hello to random strangers and ask them questions about themselves.

I love it when I look at either of them, when they are doing something completely normal, not knowing I am looking, and I think to myself  ‘gosh, I made them. I didn’t just physically make them, but I helped to make them into the people they are, I shaped them.’ It can be a massively daunting sense of responsibility, but with that comes a huge sense of pride.

Yes well, that’s quite enough maternal positivity for one day.



  1. 14 February, 2010 / 11:33 am

    It’s easy to get bogged down by the negative – hurrah for the good things. xx

  2. 14 February, 2010 / 4:21 pm

    Ooooh, my first meme. I think I understand what I have to do. Thank you ! How exciting, its great learning something new isn’t it. Have a good Sunday.

  3. 21stcenturymum
    15 February, 2010 / 12:14 pm

    My first meme too – we’re all meme virgins! Looking forward to writing a new post. x

  4. 21stcenturymum
    17 February, 2010 / 1:31 pm

    So here’s my first meme post on Shiny Happy Things – things that make me smile

  5. 10 March, 2010 / 9:04 pm

    I’m similar to you – I feel like I more often than not paint the bleakest picture of motherhood and prefer to be sarcastic rather than wholesome. And like you, it’s mainly a great avenue for me to vent. But I loved this post. Your girls sound adorable and I love my boys too for many of the same reasons.

    • 11 March, 2010 / 11:05 am

      Thanks Nicola! It’s so easy to make your kids sound like monsters in the name of comedy isn’t it? Glad you appreciated my attempt at something more positive :-)

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