Well today was meant to be a quick meal blog as I met up with friends but all my plans went out the window with more snow. We had this freak blizzard that caused chaos this morning. The council didn’t grit the roads and there’s been 3 bus crashes that I’m aware of with one of them falling over sideways. Yet as I type this it’s 4.15, the sun is out and most of the snow has gone. My meal is cancelled and I ended up working from home.
So new blog plan needed…today is International Women’s Day and people have been talking on social media about inspirational women which made me think of family members. I didn’t have the best relationship with my mum and while we get on now I can’t forget how work and building a career and social status came before her children.
It meant as a small child I spent a lot of time with other women and they are the ones I find inspirational. My gran practically raised me (along with granddad but hey this is a women’s day 🙂 ) and when she couldn’t my aunts (her sister and niece but I called them aunts) took her place. I spent many weekends with all three women.
As a teenager my relationship with my mum worsened even more. At one point I would come home from school, feed my brother, leave the house as soon as she walked in come home at 10pm and go to bed. This went on for a few years. I was at a huge crossroads and it would’ve been so easy to slip into trouble but I didn’t because of another woman – my high school best friend’s mum. I’ve lost count of the number of times she fed me. This was a woman with 2 kids on her own living on a part time wage and widows pension but she always made sure to have that extra meal for me and to check that I was ok. I really do feel that without her my life could have gone gone in such a different even more negative route.
So those are my inspirations. Women who took in a lost child and made her feel welcome and protected. I’m so grateful I had them in my life even for a short while