‘I am sat watching another fantastic evening of Children In Need, and again I am thanking my lucky stars for the blessings I have.
At this time of year, it is so easy to get caught up in the frenzy leading up to Christmas – me included. Dashing around, looking for inspiration for gift ideas, what to buy, who wants what. Worrying like mad how I will afford it all, where will the money come from.
Watching TV with Pickle, the channels crammed with adverts for amazing toys, games, books etc. His little eyes shining, glued to the screen – ‘Please can you get me that Mumma?’ he asks at least a dozen times. He is too little to understand what it is all about yet, but he is very excited – as are we. With Pickle’s arrival after a ten year gap, came renewal of everything magical that would have faded somewhat with all the other children of the family being teens now.
We are loving his wonder, his excitement, his new questioning of ‘Who is Santa? Where does he live?’ His understanding, as he has just turned three, that following ‘his birthday’ it must be ‘his Christmas!’ He is answering anyone who asks what he would like for ‘my Christmas!’ So cute!
Watching Children In Need brings it home that not all families are as blessed as us. Some children are facing massive challenges, and I sit here in tears at the stories of little ones who are very poorly, have lost their sight and worse. God bless them.
So, as I think of my beautiful healthy children, of MeeMee who has travelled to Brighton for a few days, of Lea, upstairs relaxing after a busy week or so of GCSE’s and assessments, of Luke, glued to his iPad giggling at some Netflix series, and of Pickle, fast asleep in his bed I give thanks silently for my health, my family and their health. It doesn’t matter what presents will be bought – or not, we have each other.’
Do you watch Children in Need?