The dishes can wait

Good thoughts for the new year!

The long chain

I don’t think I’ve ever successfully kept a New Year’s resolution. However, it seems almost obligatory at this time of year to write some kind of reflective or predictive post. And, in our back garden this afternoon the soil was warming up, the hellebores and forsythia were flowering, there were catkins, and it was daylight (just) at four o’clock. There may still, literally and metaphorically, be dark days ahead before the spring but everything, at least for now, seemed full of hope and promise. So here are my hopes and promises for the coming year.

Benjamin, I will give you more attention. You are the quiet one, the uncomplaining one, the contented one, the “plonk him in the corner with a toy while I get on with something” one. I’ve been reading a couple of challenging books lately. The first is What Every Parent Needs to Know by Margot Sunderland…

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