Monthly Archives: May 2014

I open my eyes and there he is. My darling boy.

Three and a half

Three and a half

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Day 104

Today I am grateful for the generosity of people, strangers with no connections to the endangered areas other than the sense of belonging to humankind as a whole and empathy for suffering of others. This is the only silver lining around large scale tragedies, it returns the faith in humanity.

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Day 100

Today I am grateful that my family and closest friends are safe and only marginally affected by the recent floods in the Balkans. My heart aches for all those who lost their lives, who have had to leave their homes, those whose houses have been destroyed, those who are still living in uncertainty of the hours to come.

I am grateful to hear that under such tragic circumstances people are showing their most human side, giving away to help their neighbours who need it, volunteering to build sandbag barricades, walking from one town to another to rescue those who can not be reached in any other way.

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Day 97

Today I am grateful for children books that challenge gender stereotypes. Nestor picked one out in the library today, about a princess who is going to a knight school and is the best knight of them all. He is very much into knights and dragons and swords right now so I hope the book helps that if he thinks of a knight doesn’t automatically see a man.

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Day 94

Today I am grateful for the luxury of sleeping in, the handmade gifts made with love, the flowers bought with thought, the card that made me cry.

Most of all, I am so very grateful for the privilege of being a mother.

 

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Day 93

Today I am grateful for experiencing my first mindfulness “stilte dag”.

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Day 87

Today I am grateful for Skype. Our family and friends are scattered around the world, and even though my children have never met the children of a dear friend of mine, Maja, in person, being able to “see” them on a regular basis makes them a lot more tangible than just knowing they exist. Along the same line, very grateful to hear the news on the same day, that Maja and her husband will make a stopover for a day on their US-Paris-Serbia journey, and that my uncle and aunt will spend a day in Amsterdam with us on their journey from Australia.

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