Save the Children

Our children are our children forever.  But they don't see it like that:

"I'm not a child!" says my ten-year old.

Well son, technically you are.

Nor do all children become adult at 18, because some, like Smiley, will always have the mind of a child.

And even if they are officially adults, sometimes they are still treated like children.  Angel turned 18 last September - a very emotional day for me - and since then she has voted in a general election, bought drink legally and taken her own medical decisions.  But the education system does not recognise this, and as her Mum I still have to make decisions on her behalf and write and sign all school absence notes.   That all ends tomorrow - another landmark day - and her last proper day in school.  On Monday there is a fancy dress party and then she has study time at home until her final exams in June.  She has her future all planned out: a college course has been chosen, and her social life will be funded by her part-time job as a gymnastics coach.  Somehow I suspect that she is hoping that I will still fund her gymnastics training.  You see this girl still has big dreams.  This is who she wants to be:

Angel is lucky that she can dream big dreams.  She knows that there are other children in the world whose dreams are for clean water, safe food and modern medicine.  That's why she drew the above picture - our contribution to a meme supporting the current Save the Children Campaign.  

This aims to save the lives of up to 4 million children by vaccinating them.

Delegates at the upcoming global vaccine summit on June 13th will be asked to fully fund a vaccine programme for the world's poorest children. 

Please sign the petition to support this campaign.

I don't do many memes here, and I know they're out of favour at the moment, but this is important and I was delighted to be tagged by Mummy From The Heart.

These are the rules of this meme:

1) Get your child to either draw or craft a self portrait of themselves now or in the future.
3) Sign the Save the Children petition and then pass it on to your friends.
4) Write a blog post about it as soon as possible, including info about Save the Children and the petition. We want as many people linked up AND signed up the petition by Sunday 29th May 2011.
5) Tag 8 fellow blogger friends.
6) Come back and link up your posts at Red Ted Art
7) If you have time, visit each other posts and say hello!

I'm asking these bloggers if they will help:
Wendy @ Savette Gazette

To get the latest news on the campaign, you could follow the twitter accounts and blogs of Lindsay Atkin (@Liliesarelike), Chris Mosler (@christinemosler) and Tracey Cheetham (@tchee) who are going to Mozambique with Save the Children this week.  The twitter hashtag for the campaign is #PassItOn.


  1. Oh wow! What a brilliant drawing and what a brilliant dream!! Isn't that what the future is all about?! Good luck with college and gymnastics!!

    And *thank you* for joining in the This is Me meme... wonderful :-)


  2. This was a lovely post..a vry much needed post. I adore that your Angel has these dreams and that You recognize them and honor them. I will sign the petition..:)

  3. Wow, that is a big dream...and a huge milestone for you both. Thank you for the tag, such an important story behind it. Xx

  4. That is a big and lovely dream :)

    Thanks again for tagging me - sorry I didn't get to do it before but we've been away for a few days.

    Here you go:


  5. @kathleen - thanks for supporting the campaign x

    @Cherished By Me - Yes it is a huge milestone, thanks for joining in xx

    @SAHMlovingit - Thank you, will pop over now xx

  6. Superb, I hope her dreams all come true for her. Mich x

  7. @Michelle Twin Mum - thanks Mich X

    Also thanks to @northernmum1 who has also tagged me for this meme xx

  8. Brilliant drawing; reminded me of when I was younger and dreamed of ballet all those years ago. Thanks for tagging me; I really appreciated it but I have had problems getting my kids involved in this. They understood the campaign but refused to draw anything so I've signed the petition instead and have been reading other blog posts.

  9. @northernmum - cheers x

    @Aspie in the family - I totally understand x