It has been quite a month for emotional events (they certainly have taken their toll on my pregnancy hormones). With the sadness of terrorist attacks in both Manchester and London together with the strong opinions from various channels about the general election, amongst many things.
On top of all that, it seems that some of the tabloids have enjoyed tearing down some of the parenting bloggers for what they choose to share online. In a time where we should be supportive of each other, I find it really quite sad. However, as always, the bloggers stepped up to the mark and didn’t let it beat them down. I am talking about the overwhelming support using #Solidaritea.
Katie from Hurrah for Gin lead the way with her fabulous poem entitled ‘An Ode to Honesty‘ which to me was the best response possible to the article which was written. On top of that, there was another poem from another great talent, Natasha at The Milk Stand.
One of the things about parenting is not just the support we give to each other but, obviously, that which we give to our children. There have been a number of poems this last month – loving, touching, challenging and humorous about the pride we have in our children and the many ways we support them.
The funny came from Midlife Dramas in Pyjamas and her poem ‘Homework time again…yay’. The touching came from Virtually Allsorts and the proud moment her daughter gave her as well as a wonderfully descriptive piece from Touchline Dad and Mother in the Middle on her son turning ‘Sixteen’. The loving was written by Mummy Here and There and the experience of your young children waking you up in the morning – something we don’t always relish at the time but will look back on fondly in the years to come. Finally, I feel that Bards for Babes summed up the challenging side perfectly in her poem ‘Little Girl Blue’.
As usual, Sara at Mum Turned Mom came up with some fabulous words for her linky, The Prompt. One of these was the word ‘Potential’ and I loved her take on this together with the one from Cara L McKee. The other word was ‘Sea’ which, I believe, can be used to express so many things as I did in my poem ‘The Sea of Life‘. I really loved the calmness that Lisa’s Life poem conjured up in her take on the same prompt word.
I often marvel at the brilliant short fiction that comes out of the blogging world. I, for one, don’t have the patience to sit down and come up with such engaging writing but I was drawn in by three different short pieces this month from Rambling Through Parenthood, Jo’s Writing Space and One Frazzled Mum.
Finally, I am going to leave you with the brilliance of my co-editor, Dawn. She has written a poem entitled ‘The Supermarket Incident…’, a poem dedicated to all those who has braved the supermarket with a toddler. A wonderful read which I wholeheartedly recommend.
So, for now, I bid you a fond farewell as I put my (rather swollen) feet up and await our new arrival. I will leave you in the very capable hands of Dawn and look forward to getting back to business later in the year – hopefully with some new inspiration! Have a wonderful summer.