On This Day

On This Day or TimeHop as it used to be known is a weird one, isn’t it? I’m sure most of us have experienced both cherished memories and those we’d much rather forget pop up on our time line first thing in the morning.

Mine was poignant today.

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On this day last year I came home from the school run and cried my heart out. I posted about it on Facebook. It still sticks firmly in my memories like a jagged bread knife. Sullivan was *beyond* upset and went on to have another awful day at school. When I picked him up and saw how hard he was trying to be brave and force his feelings away my heart sank. I remember being full of sorrow for him and for me as we had to do it all over again the next day.

This morning I woke to him laughing in his sleep… he started his day with giggles. We will inevitably have clashes today (especially maths!) and of course it’s not perfect but things are SO much better looking back. He will be nervous about starting a new club later this week but his confidence is growing day by day and he can handle that now. We may have ‘given up’ in some people’s eyes in not persevering past the almost 3 years of structured every day schooling we tried with him but I’m beyond glad we did. We got our little boy back by doing what was right for us and he’s still learning, still growing and spreading his beautiful wings.

​’OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO’
​BY DR SEUSS

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street.

And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener there in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)

Kid, you’ll move mountains!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

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