I have purposely not written lengthy blog posts about our journey since meeting him. I have given little hints on Instagram. The fact is, this is not my story to tell.
I didn’t think it fair that you guys knew things that he didn’t. He got told about us yesterday. I have no idea how he took the news. We meet him today, again I have no idea how we are going to be received. We’re prepared for the worst.
Foster care isn’t slow motions runs at each other with open arms. Foster care is cautious and heartbreaking. It’s confusing and just so darn hard. It’s joyful too, hopefully. All mixed into a muddy mess.
I can’t wait to see his face, having still never seen a photo, I’m desperate to see if my image of him is anywhere close. I can’t wait to hear his voice, see his mannerisms, start to learn him. Heck, start to love him.
Jim and I are nervous. We’re setting ourselves up. We’re both determined for this to work in the long term, in the short term our plan is to go with the flow. Roll with the punches. Take his lead.
I am so pleased we got here after all of those months. We first applied for foster care in May 2016! People that registered this Spring are at the same stage as us now. It’s mad, but I’m glad we were considered. This is a long term thing. We have to be right for him. Everyone else seems to think it’s a perfect match, I just hope that in time he feels that way too.
I don’t want to wish this week away. I want to soak in every moment and savour every piece of our lives and home as it is now. This is it. This will change us forever.
We meet you tomorrow my darling.
You must feel terrified and confused and angry and lonely. So lonely.
We’re here. We’re thinking of you. Wishing we could scoop you up tonight and tuck you in and kiss you goodnight. But it’s another Mother’s job tonight.
We’re going to be rubbish tomorrow, but my god we’re going to try our best for you, my darling.
People keep telling me that you are lucky to have us, but I think it is us that are the lucky ones. Because of your trauma, you have fallen into our care. There certainly is nothing lucky about that.
We are the lucky ones because we get to love you.
It’s a strange thing, falling in love with pieces of paper. I don’t know your face or your name. But I feel responsible and protective somehow.
A mothers love, I guess.
Even if you never call me Mum, you are going to make me a Mother tomorrow, and for that I can never thank you enough.
Until tomorrow my darling.
Things will be different tomorrow. I promise.
I’ve been seeing a councellor for three weeks now.
I wasn’t loosing it, I wasn’t angry, I wasn’t bitter or having twisted thoughts, I wasn’t crying all of the time, I wasn’t tired or depressed, I wasn’t suicidal or struggling with my marriage or at work.
But I don’t want any of the above to happen if i don’t have the toolset to help me cope with that.
I don’t want to be bitter.
I want to face grief head on.
It’s good too.
I like speaking about Dad. Remembering and enjoying telling a stranger about how amazing he was. Sometimes it all sounds to good to be true, like I am making it up. This makes me appreciate how truly lucky I am to have him.
Don’t get me wrong, its not all silly anecdotes and fond memories. Some feelings are raw and hurt very much. I need to learn to express and work through these feelings too. They are just not as easy to come through, when I am so used to looking for the positives all of the time.
I’m just saying, I’m pleased I am having councilling.
I am not ashamed of it.
I think it is a fantastic and free resource available to everyone and anyone and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.
Every week I feel more and more accepting of my new reality.
Farleigh Hospice really do life changing work, with all that walk through their doors.
When you loose someone close to you, you are reminded that we are not going to live forever.
This reality check gives you two options:
- be sad about the idea of dying
- live everyday you have left to the fullest
I don’t know about you, but number two sounds far more tempting!
Im going wild this year. I’m leaving my well paid and steady teaching career, I’m shaving my head, I’m painting my skin, I am starting a business, I am travelling the world, I am becoming a parent… all in 12 months.
Have no regrets.
Life is too short.
My aim is to inspire you to do the same, okay you don’t all have to shave your heads, but my challenge to you is to live life to the fullest. Everyday. Not just on Saturday.
Say yes not maybe
run don’t walk
and love everyone
because life is short and living life is wonderful.
How am I doing this year?
I’ve been thinking about Dad extra amounts this week. More has reminded me of him. I’ve felt quieter and more subdued. I’ve been nervous about how today would be.
This morning I’m trying to keep busy, but also keep in mind the knowledge that I can still celebrate Fathers Day. I have a wonderful Dad, that in twenty six years with me, gave me a wonderful childhood, advice and so much love.
Looking forward, this time next year, we will be celebrating Father’s Day in a different way. We will be parents, caring for our gorgeous little boy or girl. A child far less fortunate than myself, in regards to parenting. Jim will step into that role. He will be wonderful. He is so much like my own Dad.
Please don’t feel sorry for me, or any other grieving children today. Just promise me you will spend time with your own Dad’s while you still have the chance.
I am saddened to see so much hate on my newsfeed this morning.
So many close minded opinions, sharing of religious statements taken out of context and articles plucked from thin air to prove your way is right.
I love a healthy debate. One in which each person in turn airs their views, open to be swayed by others in a way to understand eachother and consolidate what you believe.
I agree we have to challenge those that are doing wrong in our eyes, not to condemn but to understand why they think differently from us.
Next time you see hurtful comments or articles shared, instead of tutting and ignoring it, or sending hurtful comments straight back why don’t you ask a challenging open question?
- I am intrigued by your point of view. I would like to understand how you came to think this way?
- I understand your anger, I am saddened by what is happening too. What do you think you or I can do to help on a day to day basis?
- I am trying really hard to understand where you are coming from. Could you please send me useful links so I can research this for myself?
Can you hear the difference? It is obvious you are from another opinion, but you are open to be swayed or challenged.
Maybe this way you will either:
- Receive a very well thought out answer that may help you understand where they are coming from.
- Have the opportunity to share your beliefs also in an open and relaxed discussion
- Or more hateful statements will be returned and at this point you can choose to leave the conversation or ask another kind and considered open question.
I am going to be selective on what I write and when. Maybe private messages rather than comment sections will be more amicable?
I have no idea if it’s going to work, but I can’t swipe passed anymore hate without doing something about it.
I would appreciate your support.
Please share your kind and open opinions on what I have said in the comments section below.
Remember love online, offline, always.
It’s another first in our household. My darling Dad would have turned 50 today.
We’ll be thinking of you as we watch the bright lights under the stars tonight.
I don’t believe you are looking down on me, but I know I will be thinking about you.
I don’t think I have ever had bonfire night without you. It’s usually a night filled with friends, family and fun games that you organise.
Last year was no different, this year is a little different.
It will be a quieter celebration this year. I am hoping to stand by the bonfire and feel warmth both inside and out.
My last post was an angry one, but I have felt peaceful since posting it.
I feel content today. I didn’t think I would but am pleased I do.
I can only wish the same for loved ones around me.
Have a wonderful bonfire night my friends.