Have you ever revisited a part of your life and thought, ‘what was I thinking?’
I started my blog in August 2017 and ended my blog in August 2017. How’s that for commitment?!
I’ll be honest: I felt foolish. Foolish to think that anyone actually read my blog. So I stopped. Just like that. I stopped writing. I stopped writing my blog, but I kept reading your blogs, and that is what has made me log back in almost 15 months later.
Your blogs have made me laugh; they have made my cry; but mostly they have made me want to comment; to connect; to just say, ‘Go you!’
So, here’s me. Back in action!
15 months. Well, my boys have grown at such a rate I am starting to wonder if scientist got it wrong about take out food. My two live off take-aways and poorly cooked ‘homemade’ meals, and yet they’re both a picture of health!
Dylan is now in third year. He’s around 6ft tall and is turning in to an amazingly considerate human. He’s a Sports Leader which is doing wonders for his confidence. I think back to how I was at that age and recoil in sheer horror of the attitude I had. Looking at Dylan makes me swell with pride. Not only have a kept a human alive for 13 years (am achievement considering my trouble with house plants), but I’ve produced a genuinely kind-hearted soon to be young man.
Shay has started senior school and has sailed through his first term with ease. He kept his friends from Primary, whilst making a whole host of new ones. He’s also managed to go 10 weeks without a detention. Good going in today’s climate of academies and military style behaviour policies. Plus, he’s got a ‘smart mouth’ and while I find him hilarious, I understand that as a teacher, ‘smart mouth’ can mean an instant dislike from adults in a position of authority.
We watched The Breakfast Club together at the weekend (I’m on a mission to ensure they’re well educated in the classic 80s film genres) and their reaction to the classic school stereotypes reassured me that they’ll be okay.
As for work, well I’m still teaching English, and leading on whole-school Teaching and Learning. For my sins, I managed to secure the position of Deputy headteacher, and Senior Leader of Education for my authority-go me!
The house is still a tumbling mess, with piles of washed clothes haunting my dining room table, dishes creeping up from the sink to form a tower of crockery over the work tops, and Halloween decorations that haven’t quite made it back in the loft…but it’s our home and we love it.
So for all I’ve have 15 months away from writing, not a lot has changed.
I hope to write regularly. I can’t guarantee it will be interesting or inspiring, but it will be something. And something is always better than nothing.