Living a good life in the face of death and other reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be Cheerful

Sometimes the death of someone you've never even met has a profound effect, and so it was this week with the passing of Andy Nimmo, husband of special needs blogger Steph Nimmo. For the past year, they have both been sharing some inspirational writing about living a good life with cancer and if you want to remember how to celebrate life, I recommend reading Steph's blog Was This In The Plan.


Another reason to celebrate life


Smiley's school leavers' programme is going really well, and this week I attended their seasonal play, which featured my daughter playing a sparkly alien.


Just looking at this picture brings me joy and reminds me why life is worth living.

Angel's driving licence arrived


She drove on the motorway for the first time - with me in the passenger seat radiating calm of course : another useful thing you learn how to do as an autism mum. Anyway, all went well and she drove part of the way to Newry as a last treat before she started her full time job this week. The trip included a retro lunch in Eddie Rockets complete with a coke float - the last time I remember having one of those was back in the 70s!


Family film


I will admit it, I was stressed beforehand. I had to get the film on an actual DVD to make this happen, Smiley had to go to sleep on time (she did) and the living room had to be tidy (for my sanity). I had to organise that last bit, which made me a bit grumpy.

But that soon wore off. Family time is fairly rare in this house as we are all so different, but there was lots of shared laughter over this film!

Groot in action from The Guardians of The Galaxy

The agreement on climate change


I know it might not achieve much, but it was wonderful to see so many countries working together, let's hope that can be extended to more issues. It has to be the best way forward for the world and for all of us.


17 comments:

  1. Lots of R2BC for many reasons. That's a gorgeous picture of your girl and well done to Angel for the driving.
    My Hubbie's mum died suddenly 2 years ago on Monday, Christmas run-up has been naturally affected but this year we've laughed more and reminisced happily, which is much more beneficial for wellbeing.
    Have a wonderful Christmas x

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    1. Very sorry about your Hubbie's Mum - it's 4 and 8 years since my parents die, but I still find Christmas very difficult xx

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  2. She looks so happy! Enjoy Angel driving you around. We haven't watched Guardians yet - not sure how..

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    1. I had to get a DVD of the Guardians film here - it was only a fews £££s on amazon.

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  3. I've never 'met' Andy or Steph but am very sorry to hear of his death. He seems to have been very courageous and inspirational, as I'm sure Steph was also.
    Smiley looks very engaged in her role! Such a lovely photo, and such lovely reasons to be cheerful too. xx

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  4. We have what is probably the exact same chain of restaurants here, only it's called Johnny Rockets! Glad you had a nice time out with Angel at the wheel. I am ashamed to admit I did not ride with any of my children until after they had been driving for probably a year.... Your photo of Smiley is really Christmas-card worthy :-)

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    1. I was thinking that about that picture too :-)

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  5. Such a lovely photo of Smiley. And coke floats took me right back - we used to make them with Cream Soda though.

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  6. I bet Smiley was a fab sparkly alien! lol Wishing you all a really happy Christmas C. x

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    1. And very Happy New Year to you and yours Mich x

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  7. I love love love that photo of Smiley xxx

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  8. That picture of smiley is wonderful! She looks serene. My teen has given up learning to drive, he was almost ready for his test, but I think he's just enjoying living at the moment. I hope you all get to enjoy films more often, it's our favourite past time here xx

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    1. Unless you live miles from public transport, there's no need to learn to drive immediately is there? My daughter waited 6 years and I'm probably happier about that too, as she's quite sensible now. xx

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  9. We loved Guardians of the galaxy, the boys have it on DVD as well now. Definitely some good positives here. I am really not looking forward to either of mine learning to drive, my eldest has 5 and a half years til he can start trying though at least - in Cornwall it's a necessity really!
    Stevie x

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