Turning 6 During The Apocalypse

Ok, so apocalypse might be a bit dramatic but these are strange times we find ourselves in. The world is burning, the ice is melting, people are starving and now we are faced with something the likes of which we haven’t experienced in 100 years.

We are moments away from total lockdown, already being told to keep our distance from those we love to protect ourselves and them and more importantly, the NHS.

What a time to be a child? I’m an adult and I have no idea what to think.

Amidst the chaos, my beautiful little Bear turned 6 today. We had a pizza party with a couple of school friends planned for Friday along with a family gathering on Saturday and a trip to Cheshire Ice Farm on the cards for today. We had to cancel the lot, obviously. It was the right thing to do.

Teddy was sad that he wouldn’t see his Nan’s but took the news that all birthdays and holidays are cancelled for the foreseeable (not for too long I hope) with the good grace that he takes everything.

‘That’s OK Mummy’.

I don’t want the confusion and gravitas of the current situation to weigh in on him, or Posey. While they need to understand that we’ve got to make some changes to stay safe, I don’t want their lives to become filled with doom and gloom so we tried to make the best of it.

We spent today (his actual birthday) at home doing karaoke, art, playing in the garden etc. There was no complaining, in fact, we had a really brilliant day. There wasn’t a ton of presents, we’re broke and now is not the time to be wasting money (especially as The Bearded Manc is self employed and I’m a stay-at-home Mum) but the homemade tipi went down a storm and his favourite present was a roll of paper and a pack of new pens, which makes me so proud. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I hate the idea of having spoiled kids that expect the moon.

Teddy said this was the best birthday he has ever had, which just goes to show that less is more. Granted we missed our family and friends but from now on I am taking this enforced isolation more gratefully. I know it’s not going to be easy, for some more than others, but I am grateful for the opportunity to spend more time with my kids and to unlearn all our bad habits and rethink the way we spend our time.

Perhaps, over time, we can make a real positive change for the future.

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