Reasons to be cheerful despite my daughter finishing school

So much has happened in the past seven days, but a lot of it makes me very cheerful indeed. So here goes...


  • I began running again post op and I swear that I can run faster without being weighed down by sweaty, steamed up glasses.

  • Inspired by my friend Jazzygal, I am trying to switch off the laptop more often. But that is because I'm busy. Whether I'll be able to keep it up over the summer, I do not know.

  • Being able to put my sunglasses on my head when I go into a shop instead of scrabbling around to change to another pair.

  • An unexpected present from Netflix.

  • Smiley graduated from her special school with a wonderful ceremony that included lots of cakes and tributes to all the school leavers. Her smile, her sociability, her love of life - and chocolate - were all mentioned and celebrated. They even made a video, full of pictures like these:  



  • Angel got her degree result - a first - well deserved after all her hard work.

  • The teen did well too this week, he was out and about almost every day, and even attended Smiley's celebrations. 

I will be hanging on to all these reasons next week when Smiley is wheeled off the school bus for the last time. If the world really cared about people like my daughter, she would never have to leave. She would be able to stay in school forever, still learning, still enjoying, still smiling.


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22 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good week, I love the photos of "Smiley"... her happiness is infectious!

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    1. I may have to post more from that video :)

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  2. I would love to hear Smiley's laugh. I loved the pic I saw of your daughters, such beautiful girls. You are so right, your daughter should have a place to continue her education xx

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    1. I will remember that and try and catch her laughing on video, then I can play it too whenever I'm feeling down xx

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  3. I am so sad for you and Smiley that her finishing school means that she has to finish being in a suitable learning environment, that she obviously enjoys and benefits from, the photos of her say it all. I am glad, though, that your surgery made such a positive difference, that's brilliant! And a big, huge congratulations to Angel, that's a big achievement.

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    1. That's what it looks like, but I am working on things in the background to ensure that she gets something good.

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  4. I have been contemplating getting my eyes done but in the meantime I have my varifocal prescription in my sunglasses and I just leave them on in shops!

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    1. I could do that in theory with my old prescription sunglasses, but many shops were just too dark.

      I'm delighted that I got my eyes done, and wish I'd been brave enough to do them years ago.

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  5. All your kids did you proud this week. However, I'm fixated on the wearing your sunglasses on the top of your head thing - I yearn to do that and not have to scrabble around for my other glasses every time I go in and out. Congratualtions to Angel on her First - that's just brilliant. xxx

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    1. I know me too about the sunglasses on the head - it's the little things!

      I'm thrilled for my daughter too :) xxx

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  6. What a wonderful week! What gorgeous photos of smiley....She really lives up to her nickname :) x

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  7. What a week of celebrations, although I also think that it is unfair that Smiley's school years are ending... in fact, it is really ridiculous. Am pleased for you that the op was a success.

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    1. Finger's crossed it seems to be a success so far :)

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  8. Great reasons and totally gorgeous pictures from Smiley!

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  9. I love those photos such happiness! Well done on th first wow that's ace! I'm pleased you're feeling brighter with your running and I wish your girl all the best after she leaves school I know you're working on things for her xx

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    1. I am, and I really hope to have some good news about a post school placement soon xx

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  10. Best smile ever. UGH I do feel for you. I fear that day when the school says "all done" and the support/ care Bridget has received will end. Congrats on surviving the birthday and the run! Both I know are huge :)

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    1. Hopefully things will have improved by the time Bridget finishes school xx

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  11. Yeay to the good stuff x Andew had his eyes done last yea and he loves it too xxx

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