Saturday, 13 December 2008

I knew in an instant.....

G'Day,
Sunday Scribblings prompt for this week is "I knew in an instant.."
What did I know in an instant.
The first thing I could think of for this was when my first child was born. I knew in an instant just how someone could kill. Kill to protect their offspring, which was really shocking to me as I consider myself to be mostly a pacifist and against all that stuff, despite growing up in a military family. I thought myself a lioness ready to pounce on anyone who might harm my baby. It was really strange for me. The nurse took my newborn son away and I saw a needle poised to go into his little thigh and I nearly jumped off the bed to aggressively question what they were about to do to him. It was a vitamin K injection but I was ready to fight. I know throughout the animal world that mothers of many different species will fight and die for their babies to survive and I felt that then. It was amazing to me just how vulnerable a tiny baby is, how dependent on me this little being was and how I would protect him. Strange.Sudden strength mixed with vulnerability.
What else did I think of for this post?
Well the mundane bits of our lives may seem that way to us but not to others. So I might add a bit about that. Many a good story relys on such details to set a scene, here goes.
My day so far.
This morning I snuck out quietly so I didn't wake my Mum and have her after me.
I shut the door to the office and sat down at the computer to see if I had any emails to read and send an email to Brett my boss about extra work he has lined up for us next week. He is a good bloke and looks after us, he said he had set us up some extra work so we could have the extra money for Christmas. I still have not done that because I keep getting side tracked but yeah that is typical of me , I will get to it later.
I went through a heap of funny emails sent to me and shared them around my friends. Not everyone likes getting these, but I do, and I do consider that before I pass them on.
Then I had a look at the Sunday scribblings prompt for this week. I went away to think on it, took my blood pressure and menopause supplement tablets and went to make my first cup of tea for the day.
I found the bag of fresh Lychees that I had in the fridge (yum!) , took the cuppa and the bag out to the back table and sat down in the sunshine. It is a bit cool here today and I needed to put on a light jumper. It rained all day yesterday and it was just what the doctor ordered. Yesterday was the first time in a long while we have had such beautiful steady rain all day without a break, in fact I can't remember the last time we had that. Anyway....as I was peeling and eating the Lychees, my little doggie Rufus was watching me throw the peel and seeds over my shoulder into the garden and running after each bit until he decided that it was nothing interesting for him to scavenge and gave up. He is such a funny little fellow, he was probably puzzled that we humans eat such strange things, but if we eat them they are certainly worth a try. Then Mum started talking, and talking and talking and I retreated back to the computer.
I should go and wash the kitchen and family room floor. I should. And fold up that washing and clean the bathroom and the bedroom, and, and, and ....... But I am not I am putting my own silly entertainment first. Those jobs will still be there waiting for me, and maybe I will be in a better mood to do them later on. I am so naughty I really should go and do them now.
This afternoon Michael wants to go into the city to a protest, something about the govt censorship of the Internet. While he is there he wants to do his Christmas shopping. So Mum's taxi will be running again. It would be good if we could go in there without my Mum as she is so slow and somehow she always manages to turn every trip around so that is all about her and nobody else gets to do anything they had planned to do. If I try to do anything without her though, she gets upset. I tried to bring this up with her the other day when we were in the shops at Tuggeranong when I told her I wanted to do the rest of my Christmas shopping by myself and she got a bit funny over it. Talk about reversed parenting! She has numerous presents for my nieces, which is just about all she thinks of and keeps looking for more stuff for them and I can't get anything done. I don't have a problem with who she spends her money on, but she forgets about some of the other kids in preference to these two all the time. Don't get me wrong, I love my nieces too... but....when you keep getting it shoved down your throat how wonderful they both are....
Ah well my day so far...
Better go and do that house work.
Bye.
Love Linda.

17 comments:

Lilly said...

I use to live near Tuggeranong (when I was living in the ACT)! Nice piece.

Bimbimbie said...

Hi Linda ... you remind me of a friend of mine and the conversations she has with her 80+ mother. Good on your son re our Government's wish to censor our internet. Control freaks that they are. If you want to impress Michael go here www.getup.org.au
and click on the Save the Net blogs and myspace
and sign their petition, I just did and will embed it once they have sorted out their coding ... at themoment if you embed it the postcode box cannot be clicked and you can't send your vote in ... but anyway sign it if you agree that - censorship is WRONG!

Sorrow said...

Linda~
yep Must agree i am Ferocious about protecting my young ones!
They are my most precious!
Your mum sounds like my yaya, and there was no talking to her.
Some how the older they get the more like kids they get.
If you want to go with out her, well maybe you could just say" need to shop for you!" so stay and enjoy the quiet and the birds!"
think it might work?
Good day to you!

Shadow said...

lychees and tea early morning. what a good way to start the day!

anthonynorth said...

That parental instinct is the strongest thing on the planet, I'm sure.

Winterwood said...

havent ever eaten lychees and did not hear about the gov thing censorship either... Ive been leading a v shelterd life I think! lol! Nice post Linda - I enjoy hearing about your daily life very much.

gautami tripathy said...

All parents have this instinct, I think.

I knew instantly

Lilly said...

I'm in Sydney at the moment.

Rambler said...

I think men on the other hand have a different feeling towards protecting their kids, and family..and aren't we supposed to have one

Lilibeth said...

I agree with you about the motherhood thing. You never realize, until you have your own children, how your parents must have loved you. It's a strange feeling. Thanks for the reminder.

latree said...

you are right, even a tiger, will fight for its babies...

Neilina said...

Well, I think I will also feel the same when I will be a mother. :)

Tumblewords: said...
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Tumblewords: said...

I so enjoyed reading your post!

GeL (Emerald Eyes) said...

Fiercely warm post. Yes, I felt that way after birth. You're the first I've read who has said that to the prompt.

Enjoyed your conversational sharing of your day. Nice to meet you! :D

*~sis~* said...

ahh, the maternal instinct is strong! and yes, my post is along the same lines of birthing.

Tammy said...

That feeling scared me with my first child too.

I'm glad you had a few moments of piece.