To the boy I love…

on his 6th birthday:

My handsome boy's got attitude. Like!

I want you to know that you are so very special. You touch the heart of everyone you meet. You are confident, thoughtful and funny. You put others before yourself. Please continue to do this even when it is hard. Also treat yourself well.

I see parts of me in you. Like your desire to please others at the detriment of your happiness and even safety! I remember when you came home from school without your gloves one winter’s day. I asked about your gloves and you said you gave it to a boy who didn’t have a pair. “He was freezing, mummy!” you said with complete innocence in your eyes. I smiled at you although I really wanted to cry. 

Be proud of who you are but respect others who are not like you. You are a beautiful boy and I hope that life treats you fine – that people love you as much as you love them.

I love you and happy birthday, my dear.
Love always,
Mum xx

My top 3 posts- May 2011 to August 2011

I’m now 67% through the year and the Postaweek2011 challenge. I have written over 70 posts (compared to 30 posts as at the end of April 2011) and received in excess of 6,500 hits this year alone. I do have concerns going forward about:

  • what to write about
  • how long I can really continue to blog
  • how to get better at pulling more traffic

Any tips welcome!

Note that I didn’t blog in June due to workload commitments. So with that in mind and with my concerns aside, I have narrowed down to 3 posts I think are my best ones in the second third of the year. It is based on number of comments and/or likes and personal favorites. They are:

Post 1: The luxury of being average

Post 2:  Arguably the right side of 30

Post 3: How do I cover my butt in this?

However, the post below received over 50% of all traffic to my blog since I posted it on 09 May:

Likely effects of Osama Bin Laden’s death on world economy (we hope)

The post wasn’t particularly well-researched and was based on my own thoughts at the time. But it seemed a lot of people were wondering what will change post-Bin Laden.

Here’s to the next 33% of the year. Cheers!

3 strange things about me

It’s fair to say that the definition of abnormal is something that is “not normal”. There are 3 things about me that I think are relatively unusual. One is physiological and the others are…well, mental.

1. I have a tiny hole  along my spinal cord. A classmate of mine first noticed it back in 1995. I don’t know where it came from – it doesn’t hurt – and it’s still there. A pin can go right through…. I should probably have it looked at, right?

2. I remember almost everyone I’ve ever met. The name may be gone but not the face. So I find myself  saying, ‘I’ve met you before…’ quite often. My brain works like a catalogue and flips through likely locations of encounter. I get it right 4 out of 5 times. It used to bother me because most times, the person doesn’t remember at all. It’s more frightening for my victim when I say, ‘you work at the council office, right?’ or ‘how’s your daughter doing now?’ or ‘how did that house improvement project go?’ What can I say? I remember stuff like that.

3. I sometimes smile when I’m very angry. Somebody makes a condescending or sarcastic comment and I play ignorant, like I have no idea what is being insinuated. Then I imagine that a fierce wind is blowing the person away or that their head explodes. A smile emerges on my face and my victim thinks I’m stupid or oblivious. Little do they know that they’re dead to me…

Who out there is stranger than me?

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