I’m participating in the Best Of 2009 Blog Challenge. Every day this month, I write something different about what’s happened this year.
After a difficult day, I am finding it hard to remember a peaceful moment this year. Things are so busy, so rushed, so stressed: I rarely sit down for longer than five minutes, unless it’s to work. I know that I have letters and emails to write, photos to edit, clients to recruit; however, I am getting as close to peace as I can by writing, writing and thinking about the good things that I have, and staying positive. I’ll find peace and calmness through it, even though it will last for at most five minutes before it is shattered.
When David had just turned eight months old, we paid a visit to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, Devon. He relaxed completely and took it all in, then he stayed chilled out for the rest of the day. Nothing else had ever had that effect on him before, and until recently, nothing since.
A few months on, I decided to fork out £25 for annual membership of the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham. We’ve been twice since, and each time David has completely relaxed. He’s quiet and calm, but talkative: fish seem to turn my little whirlwind boy into a breeze. They focus his attention in a way that nothing else can. There is one tank right at the beginning that he loves: we have to walk up the slope to find somewhere to park the pushchair, but as soon as he sees it he gets excited and wants to get out. It’s on his level, and he sits still in front of it and takes everything in, and points to bits that interest him. When asked, he pointed out spotty fish, thin fish, fish with whiskers, rays, and yellow fish.
We spent nearly four hours there today. He’s sleeping so, so well tonight, and I’m finally at peace for five minutes at a time.