“April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.”
T S Eliot
So we have begun my least favourite month of the year. It’s full of sad milestones that we have to make our way through. But somehow we get to the other side. It’s easy to forget to manage your grief as the years go by. There’s a busy job, one daughter left at home embarking on those two horror years of senior school, another away at uni who you are still trying to mother even though you both know it’s a lost cause. Taking time off work is difficult but there are still some days when it’s just better if you organise yourself a replacement and take the day to remember, or wallow or whatever it takes.
To cheer myself up I’m taking part in Susannah Conway’s April Love 2017 photo challenge. Let me know if you decide to take part so I can follow along with what you are posting.
So far I’ve done Favourite View (above) and Blue (below)
I’ve also been having fun on this little segment on the radio program I work on called X Y Boom, it’s where I take my Gen X chip on the shoulder and discuss an assortment of issues with my Baby Boomer presenter and Gen Y co-producer. It’s still a work in progress but let me know what you think of it (what you like and what you didn’t). You can listen to it here.
I’m making plans with friends to help lift the veil of sadness which always feels a little thicker in this memorial month.
I’ve also discovered this rather delightful little comedy called Speechless which has made me laugh this month. It’s about a family raising a disabled child, OK that doesn’t sound FUNNY on paper, but trust me it’s got some very good moments and I’d forgotten that I quite like Minnie Driver, she plays the overbearing mother fighting for her son. I’m not sure where Minnie went to there for a while but it’s nice to have her on the tele. The show has had a lot of positive feedback from families raising special needs children and people with cerebral palsy but anyone who has survived the dysfunctional chaos of any sort of family life will find it amusing. It airs on Channel Ten here in Australia.
So that’s where I’m at, mooching about and consciously trying to focus on the fun and positive. I’m also posting a bit on the Shambolic Living Facebook Page, so if I go quiet here you might be able to catch up with me over there.
What have you been up to? What do you do to cheer yourself up when you are feeling a little blue?