Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Baby birds

Piglet and I joined three generations of the Cole/Bowers family yesterday at Slimbridge. The best part was the duckling tour where we got to see the incubation and hatching of teeny chicks - ahhhh. It wasn't entirely dreamy and perfect though. I got a bit stressed out. Arthur didn't nap. The usual.

Motherhood is a tricky beast. Alice found a quote that I think sums it up better than I could ever do: "Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too. Nothing else ever will make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality especially while you struggle to keep your own." Marguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons.

It made me chuckle to remember those dark, early days with my baby when I found myself humming 'Mother's Little Helper' by the Rolling Stones. It certainly doesn't get any easier when they get older, it's just hard in a different way.
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