What really happens this side of the Cattle Grid: Blog #16

“It’s so cold and wet!”

“And dark – don’t forget the dark mornings, the ice and don’t even get me started on that slushy snow stuff.”

As we approach half term, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on what has been for many, a challenging time. This winter has felt particularly cold and dark; Covid might have had something to do with our outlook too. And I guess that it hasn’t helped that we haven’t seen our families as much as we would have liked to and many of us are still sulking about the missed summer holidays that were planned…I might be one!

One doesn’t appreciate something until it’s gone…I think a more appropriate aphorism for these times would be: What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. John Steinbeck, an astute observer of human nature, has once again offered us an insightful perspective on life.

How sweet will the return to normal life be, after all this? How lovely (and long overdue) will that hug be? And how memorable will that meeting be with family, not seen for ages?

This has been a test – no doubt. We have had to dig deep and pull on all our reserves to get through this winter of discontent. But there is hope. Each morning the sun rises – and with it, a promise of a new day. This is a time to count our blessings.

As parents, we have forgotten the long nights when our little ones decided to be nocturnal, when they cried for no apparent reason and they always managed to knock their drinks over when eating out…but we focused on their smiles and the good times and the memories of those difficult times disappeared; not only that but they somehow transformed into cute memories, fond memories.

Here’s to us looking forward; looking forward to the sweetness of normal life – the sweetness that comes from sitting with family and friends around a table, enjoying a meal and laughter. Here’s to counting our blessings so that we don’t miss out on the beauty that surrounds us, even in these dark times. And here’s to helping our children look back on these times with a smile.

I wish you all a blessed, relaxing and healthy half term. The sun is rising a little earlier every morning – treat yourself to an early morning walk with your children this half term. Listen to the birds and watch the sunrise – a sure sign that all things pass and that the sweetness of a new day is on the horizon.

Regan Schreiber



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