Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Hello and Good Bye

Wow - my first post. This could be the start of a beautiful relationship with Blogging, or it could end up as another Homer Simpson-style d'oh! I have no idea how this is going to evolve, so I will just see what happens...

My world revolves around two things - my family (comprising 2 healthy children and 1 patient wife) and my job. I love the former - most of the time, at least - but not the latter.

If was being honest, I would say that it currently revolves around a third thing as well - namely, my injury. I snapped my archilles 8 weeks ago playing indoor netball, had my cast off 1 week ago and am currently undergoing a frustrating and at times painful rehabilitation. I miss regular exercise, and being mobile, although thank goodness I am on the road to recovery. One of the most annoying things about being injured though, is having to put up with all the 'war stories' of friends, friends of friends etc - of people breaking/snapping/dislocating [delete as applicable] this and that [insert as applicable] - people try to empathise, but just end up being boring.

While I love my children, I strongly relate to the 'Mug Mum' (or Dad, in my case) model outlined by Barbara Ellen in last week's Observer. Apparently, there are either Smug Mums or Mug Mums. Smug Mums appear to be committed unconditionally to their children, whereas Mug Mums suffer from doubt - they wonder what life would have been like without children. I pine for the simpler life I/we enjoyed before the kids arrived, but that doesn't mean I don't love my children any less than the next dad.