You know you're a mother when while you are at the grocery store, you note that your son is suddenly much quieter than usual. He has, in fact, fallen asleep in his stroller - for the first time in a very long time. You try to wake him up (sleep at home, so I can get stuff done, damn it!) but when that fails you finish your shopping, hoping he will wake up when the cold air hits him walking home.
You get outside and this fails to wake him, and the bumps are making his head loll all over the place... so you put the back of the stroller down so that he is lying down. This, however, exposes his legs and tummy to the rain that was previously only hitting the fronts of his legs. So you take off your rain jacket and spread it over him like a blanket and walk home, getting soaked yourself... and when he transfers from the stroller to his crib without waking up, dry and cozy and secure, you don't care one bit that you are soaked.
Last night was crazy windy and we woke up around 3 or so to an insistent beeping... it was the UPS system letting us know that the power had gone out. Muttering curses, and thankful we didn't have to work today, Frazer stumbled out of bed to turn it off.
Rhys woke up at 515am (which I only know because eventually I found Frazer's phone and checked the time on it). The power still hadn't come on. It is remarkably hard to look after a toddler by candle light when you're mostly asleep. He was moving around clumsily, as if he was half asleep too, so I put him back to bed with a bottle and went back to bed myself. He slept another two hours, which was nice. Power still wasn't on, but I brought him downstairs and it was light enough that we could see. I lay down on the ground to play with him... and fell back asleep. o.O He played quietly on the floor with me for 2 hours before I woke back up again!! Wonderful child.
Today was good Rememberance Day ceremony weather. It didn't rain, and wasn't freezing cold, but there were slate-grey skies and a light wind that had the fall leaves skipping along the ground. A bright, sunny day never seems to lend itself to a solemn rememberance of sacrifice.
To all those who fought, and who fight, for us and our freedoms, who have given youth, life, or limb, thank you. Thank you for believing enough, and for having courage enough, to do what you've been told is necessary. Thank you for those who willingly put their neck out there, not only for their and their family's safety, but for the safety of countrymen they've never met, and for the safety of people who have not the power to protect themselves and raise their children in security without help.
I may not always agree with where the Government says our soldiers should go, but I will ALWAYS respect those who place themselves in harms way for us and for others. Thank you.