Sunday, February 11, 2007

These things are Good

  • Staying up until midnight, stifling yawns, indulging in 'girly talk' with teenage daughter. Gorgeous dresses.. bitchy gossip.. music.. and more and much more. Is it just home ed teens, or is there more depth to them all than the stereotype would have us believe? Last night we covered family history and traits, the effect of magazines on mental health, schooling and the consumerist society, then it's back to making clothes, and finds on ebay and 2nd hand markets and blissful, glorious future plans and hopes and ideas. Delicious. :-)

  • Finding that the taciturn teenage son has so much to say after all: it's a matter of hitting the right trigger. Wow, he thinks deeply too - you need one of these to even get halfway down the depths of his mind.

    I could spend my life just talking to them all at the expense of doing anything else, quite happily. They all have their own natural time slots when they open up 1:1, when they've got time to chat and it's worth losing some sleep for the rewards that come from those conversations. New ideas, fresh ways of seeing things, feedback about parenting methods. Who better than our own teenage children to tell us what works well, and what works less well?

  • Watching an autonomous 4-year old learning through play, all the time, from whatever is to hand.

  • Sunny Sunday mornings, they're good.

  • Friends who pop up saying the exact right thing at the exact right time.

  • Down the Line, Radio 4's new comedy series with Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson and others. I think it's a completely new style of comedy: it's very clever - so nearly straight that you keep catching yourself forgetting it's spoof. Or maybe that's just me being dim ;-)

    Blogger IndigoShirl said...

    Yes, they are and I think things like this are all the more poignant now when we think about how it could change if the government has its way.

    "Enjoy every moment" is my new mantra.

    All the Best, Shirl

    1:11 pm, February 11, 2007  
    Blogger Gill said...

    That's a good mantra, Shirl :-)

    6:34 pm, February 11, 2007  
    Blogger these boots said...

    Bah .... "Down the Line" ... fist tuned in to the one about wife/mother bashing and I was shouting obsecenties at the radio until DH gently pointed out that it was unlikely to be broadcasting such terrible things straight, seeing as it was Radio 4. It felt like I'd slipped into an alternative reality and I was really outraged for a moment or five. But now I quite enjoy it, though I can't quite decide if it's a good thing or a bad thing, so it must be great, iykwim. :-)

    2:07 pm, February 13, 2007  
    Blogger Gill said...


    They've put it back to 11pm now haven't they?

    Must have had a lot of complaints along similar lines I guess!

    7:26 pm, February 13, 2007  
    Blogger mamadillo said...

    this should be a tagging thingy Gill... not that I'm inviting anyone/thing...

    11:59 pm, February 17, 2007  
    Blogger Gill said...

    Yes! I tag YOU Mamadillo ;-)

    9:32 am, February 18, 2007  

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