The sun has been shining and I'm making progress on the garden even while the the pall of exam stress hangs heavily over the house. Which is why I make sure to get out of it every day.
On the Saturday I went to a First Holy Communion Party with Smiley. Lots of cake was eaten and reminiscing about the PACUB days when a small group of Mums took on the Government in 2009 over proposed child benefit cuts, and probably made a difference too. It was one of the best summers of the past ten years, and whenever I wonder if the endless battling for my daughter and son is ever going to get them what they need, I remember how a small number of people really can change things (and apologies for another Lord of the Ring reference for those who are not fans, they just pop into my head, I really can't help it...)
And I remembered it again on the Monday when I attended a seminar on personal budgets for people with disabilities, to help me to understand better what Smiley and I will face in the future. I even managed to ask a question about the impact of changes to adult services on those with severe disabilities. And the new Minister for Disabilities listened, which was a start. Speaking out in public is not something I am comfortable with - I was shaking so much that I couldn't stand up when they passed the microphone to me. But perhaps it will get easier if I keep doing it. I'll probably have to. Someone needs to, and it looks like that person will have to be me.
A couple of other reasons to be cheerful:
- Smiley feeding herself, and retrieving her pink toy from the pocket of her buggy. Both are difficult for her to do.
- Fitting in two runs and a trip to the gym, when I managed the whole circuit for the first time in weeks (it's getting really hard now, but I'm seeing real improvements).
Hope you had a good week xx