... by two things, one in the mummyblogosphere and one tangentially so.
I'm not sure if there's a copyright (or etiquette) related issue why I shouldn't do this, so apologies if so, but I have to highlight Gaby Hinsliff's article in yesterday's Observer. Gaby is, or used to be, the political editor of the paper and she has just given up to be with her son. She writes wonderfully, movingly, well about her emotions, motivations and doubts.
We buy a paper every week, just so we can look as though we still have interests outside the four walls of our home, the tube and the office, but this is the first time in weeks I've actually read it. And even then, I was interrupted by two calls from work and one poo from L - which I think says it all about this working mum thing. I am so glad I did. Gaby has articulated so many of the thoughts that have been hurtling round this thing I have that used to be a brain, and if I do eventually decide to hand in my notice, a copy of her article will be attached to my resignation letter...
If you haven't read it, do, and then have a look at Gaby's blog, but if you haven't time, here is the bit that did it for me:
"I don't honestly believe that either [work/childcare] suffered from the other. But what got lost in the rush was a life, if a life means having time for the people you love, engaging with the world around you, making a home rather than just running a household."
When someone else is putting it as wonderfully as that, I wonder why I am scratching away at my keyboard, failing to put into words the same thoughts.
But, just as I was about to lose faith in my blog, I saw this and was moved to tears again (possibly I may be a little hormonal at the moment) I am officially the British Mummy Blogger of the week! Is it pathetic to be this proud and delighted? Thank you very much to Potty Mummy for giving me the confidence to keep going. I am loving blogging, and if I do ever decide to show my copy of Gaby's article to my boss, at least I will have my blog to keep those little grey cells (or lack thereof) ticking over.
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