Okay …. I’ve not only met my sister-in-law and niece after a gap of about 20 years but I’ve also discovered I have a great-nephew too. He’s 9! I’m a great-uncle. I’ve never been a ‘great’ anything!
And my brother wants to get in touch after all this time. My first feeling is one of doubt, suspicion, but I also feel compassion. I also think I’m ready to be friends of sorts. That’s something both of us will have to work hard at.
And then there are the friends from long ago who keep appearing.
And all this in the space of about 2 months.
I’ve had some pretty profound moments around family and friends recently. No wonder it gets overwhelming at times.
A friend emailed this to me yesterday. I laughed so much when I read it I nearly stopped breathing ……
The “Wellie Boots”
(Anyone who has ever dressed a child will love this one!)
Did you hear about the Pre-School teacher who was helping one of the children put on his “Wellie boot’s”? He asked for help and she could see why.
Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little “Wellies” still didn’t want to go on. By the time they got the second “Wellie” on, she had worked up quite a sweat.
She almost cried when the little boy said, “Miss, they’re on the wrong feet.” She looked, and sure enough, they were. It wasn’t any easier pulling the “Wellies” off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the “Wellies” back on, this time on the right feet.
He then announced, “These aren’t my Wellies.” She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, ‘Why didn’t you say so?’ like she wanted to. Once again, she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting “Wellies” off his little feet.
No sooner had they gotten the “Wellies” off when he said, “They’re my brother’s “Wellies”, my mum made me wear them.’
Now she didn’t know if she should laugh or cry. But, she mustered up what grace and courage she had left to wrestle the “Wellies” on his feet again.
Helping him into his coat, she asked, “Now, where are your gloves?”
He said, “I stuffed ‘them in the toes of my Wellies”.
She will be eligible for parole in three years!