Category Archives: Relationships

Excuse my anxious heart

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Please excuse my anxious heart.

I am sorry it makes you uncomfortable when I need love and reassurance.

Pardon my panics, my palpitations and moments that you perceive as weakness.

No I haven’t found closure, and I get that you “can’t be bothered” with my insecurities and tears.

You know where the door is.

Because there is no cure for what ails me. And do you know what? I wouldn’t take it if there was.

My anxiety is a war wound I have recently learned to wear with pride.

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Surviving Divorce

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If I felt grown up buying my first home, getting married, having kids….

It’s nothing compared to how grown up I feel getting a divorce.

Only this time, not in a good way. It’s something to survive.

Tackling the emotional and practical side of ending a marriage, is like negotiating a minefield in oversized clown shoes.

Because there was once two of you promising to stay together forever. There was once two of you making plans, putting your trust in each other…

And then it all blew up in your face.

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A Word for 2016

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Starting the year with a word to live by seemed a good idea last January.

And when I chose ‘acceptance’ I had no idea of the significance it was to have – as a short while after I wrote the original post, my husband announced our marriage was over.

Acceptance became a huge part of 2015, as I realised he’d started to move on months before he told me of his intentions to leave. There was nothing to fight for, no going back. A huge part of my life was finished.

Taking stock of the last 12 months, it was all about accepting… and learning to survive as a single parent.

I’ve looked back on 2015 with positivity, but there have been moments when the sadness swamped me. To tell the truth, it still does, as every so often a wave of “How the hell did I end up here?” hits me full in the face.

But I’m here. And putting one foot in front of the other is all I can do.

So what plans for 2016?

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Goodbye 2015… and thank you

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I lost my husband in 2015.

Sounds very careless of me, doesn’t it? Like I left him at the bus stop or something.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to belittle my marriage break-up. I guess I just use humour to cope with things.

But yes, when I look back at the year gone by, that’s probably the biggest event I’ll remember. That’s what 2015 has become in the milestones of my life. The year I ceased to be his other half and became “the ex”.

(And probably a lot of other, less-flattering descriptions which an impending divorce inevitably brings).

In the same way that old saying “Be careful what you wish for” tells us that an apparent blessing can be a curse, I’ve learned that what can appear to be a life-falling-apart disaster can bring with it so many gifts.

And it really is true that sometimes we don’t know what is best for us.

I’ve said a little this year about how life turned upside down, with a decision which was taken out of my hands, leaving very little option but to put one foot in front of the other.

As I journeyed through 2015, the landscape hasn’t been as bad as I feared.

Alongside the inevitable sadness, this past year has brought a lot to be thankful for.

And before I look forward to what 2016 might bring, it seems only fitting to send a big old thank you note to the last 12 months.

For the following gifts…

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To my sons: An apology

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My beautiful boys,

I’m sorry.

Those two words don’t quite seem to cut it. But they’re true.

Since your Dad left a few short weeks ago and we became a fractured family, you’ve had a lot of adapting to do.

And I’m sorry for so many things.

But in these last few weeks I’m especially aware that I need to apologise to you, for some things in particular.

 
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What to expect when you’re becoming a single parent

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For months now I’ve been dipping my toe in the water of single motherhood.

But this shit is about to get real.

The ex has stayed in our spare room four days a week, but he will be moving out permanently in about a fortnight now.

Since deciding to split, we’ve maintained the facade of family until the kids got into the Summer hols. Then we broke the news and started the journey on helping them adjust.

It hasn’t been easy, and I think the final hurdle will be when reality hits and we actually become two separate households.

Ex hasn’t been able to get into his new flat until the beginning of September. But now his move in date is just around the corner and my apprenticeship as a lone parent is almost up.

I will be totally in charge of the welfare of two boys, aged nine and six. Eeeek!

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Acceptance: When a marriage is over

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When I started 2015 with a word to live by, I chose “acceptance”.

What I had in mind was letting go of relationships which weren’t working out. Accepting that they’d never be what I wanted.

I was focusing on a friendship which wasn’t going anywhere – after making all the effort and getting very little back – and a family member who hasn’t even met my youngest son, and doesn’t seem to want to be part of our lives.

What I didn’t realise was that these relationships weren’t my biggest problem.

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You won’t remember

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Last month Brodie turned 9. He’s getting to an age where he’s constantly looking ahead, to the next challenge, to a life full of possibilities. And the past? That’s for us oldies to focus on.

But when his birthday comes around, I can’t help but marvel at how far we’ve come. So when I read this lovely piece, it showed me how best to express my feelings for my eldest boy – who gets embarrassed when I call him my first baby – and the special memories he’s given me.

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Where I Come From

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Where you come from is important. Where do you come from?

I come from Newcastle. That’s the simple answer.

But there’s so much more to it than geography. Who you are is a jigsaw puzzle of early experiences.

So where do I come from?

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Five life lessons I want my children to know

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What five big lessons do you want to teach your kids, to take them through their lives?

I have been challenged by the lovely Anya to consider this and take part in a blogging link-up started by Michelle over at Mummy From The Heart.

It’s been hard to narrow it down to five. There are so many things I want my boys to learn, in order to become the men I so hope they will be.

But here’s my list:

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