That’s life, isn’t it? Ups and downs. Highs and lows. Today is extreme for me and I hope you don’t mind if I share. I can’t write about sewing. There’s too much big stuff going on.
Well, where to start?
The good is that my daughter earned her gymnasium (high school) place for next year – so in August she’ll start a bilingual programme with a focus on economics and law (neither of which she has the faintest clue about). If she works her butt off and get’s straight through she’ll graduate in 4 years, shortly before she turns 20! She just finished up a really tough 6 month assessment period and as one of only 8 kids in a class of 24, made the grade. We are hugely grateful and proud of her. Plan B was sketchy to say the least and getting to Gymi is a big deal here. She also combined it with full-on puberty and her first boyfriend. You can imagine how the last 6 months has been for the whole family. We all feel wiped out, happy but wiped out.
At the same time as all this has been happening, one of my very dearest friends – a truly inspirational friend – has been coming towards the end of a hard fought eight year battle with cancer. Our kids grew up together, we’ve cried and laughed together for the best part of two decades, she has been a rock and a playmate for me for a very long time. Through my friend I have learned the value of life. I’ve watched someone suffering hugely, but never complaining, always, always taking the positive from every situation, always ready to help anyone and everyone. A really good person with a strong, strong faith. I just came back from the hospital and it looks like there is probably very little time left.
I can’t bear to think how much I’m going to miss my friend, or about her kids and her very, very dear husband, who is struggling to deal with this.
So I guess you understand that today I have a laughing eye and a crying eye and I just can’t write about sewing.