Wildwood : A Hard Day’s Night ~ Endurance

The Wildwood’s Five of Stones comes out to join us and my immediate thought was: the night is long, we need endurance, then the Beatle’s Hard Day’s Night comes to mind, and the keyword suddenly comes into play.

And endurance is certainly going to be a keyword any parent of a newborn baby will testify to! In case you’re wondering, the Royal Family here in the UK have a new heir to the throne. He will be the third in line to the throne, so the country is all-a-flutter over the news. Now that we know he was born safely, that mum is doing well, I’m all for heading off and letting her and Prince William get settled in and get used to the task ahead.

Endurance
Five of Stones ~ Endurance

As privileged as they are, they’re living in a gilded gold-fish-bowl, they’ll have every decision monitored, scrutinised, criticized and in public. I know what it’s like to be at home and having the juggernaut of parenthood hit you. It hits you sideways, knocks you over, messes with your head so you don’t know which way is up any more.

I was lucky, I had a great group of people to help me (the local NCT Group) through the madness that I found myself in.

Unfortunately or not, this is something Kate and William will have to endure, something I am sure that they both were very aware of before they even married and things that they have endured since.

This is something all parents have to endure. Having the endurance to go through the fourth trimester (no, I don’t think that’s a euphemism) where the little ones are as dependant on you for everything as they were in the womb.

I just hope that they get left to enjoy the first few weeks in peace, but the media seems to be “on them” like a pack of wolves.Β  Look at the lightning in the background of this card. It is not something I would have liked to endure, as much as I love thunderstorms!

So, this week, lets remember that what we have to endure, others do too. You’re not alone, despite the fact that you might feel like that. Despite all the “help” Kate will have, I’m hoping she won’t feel alone. Best of luck Duchess!

I heard one sound piece of advice the other day on Radio 2: Listen to the one voice of experience you trust, use them as your sounding board. Don’t pay heed to others who may offer their expertise. Use this one voice as a sounding board, but trust your own instincts. What brilliant advice for the Duchess and us all!

Deck used is The Wildwood by John Matthews, Mark Ryan and (c) Will Worthington.

16 Replies to “Wildwood : A Hard Day’s Night ~ Endurance”

  1. I have a feeling her mum will be a big support to her and that they will manage their privacy very well. They are a fabulous couple you could see the close bonding when they left the hospital. I would not swap places with them for all the world though, as ‘privileged’ as they are.

    1. Lou, neither would I! It’s a gold-lined fish bowl, but it’s not where I’d love to live. Their money, probably but at what price?
      I just hope they get to raise him as they wish! πŸ™‚

  2. This is a couple that seems clear on its values and determined to create their own life. The very fact that Prince William carried the baby to the car was judged significant in terms of him being a modern father and being involved in his child. It’s so lovely to have a couple in the public view who seems to really love one another. But oh you are so right about scrutiny – every action, every decision, every burp will be examined in detail! The expectation is that billions of pounds will flow into the economy because people will buy up everything the Little Prince uses or wears. Not a life I would want, but it’s not a surprise for these two. Endurance is a good theme!

    1. Billions into the economy?? Nonsense πŸ™‚ that’s never ever been proven but the truth is, baby’s usually keep a very profitable industry going. Look at Kiddiecare and Babies R Us… Billion dollar stores for a billion dollar market πŸ™‚

      Not a life I would want either!! πŸ™‚

  3. This is so interesting, I could not imagine being so much in the public spotlight. This young couple seem to have it all together with charm and grace. I am happy for them!

    1. I couldn’t and cannot imagine it either, Deanna, it’s a totally different world to the one I inhabit. I wish them well and lots of good fortune πŸ™‚

  4. Endurance is definitely what is needed as a new parent, to run the long race, especially in the beginning when you are all fingers and thumbs, trying to adjust. It is true that the Royal Parents will have a challenge with all eyes on them. One thing I have felt very strongly about the Prince and Duchess is that they are both very grounded and sensible loving people. So I dont think that the cameras will change who they are or how they raise their son. I like the advice you shared, to pick one guide and trust your instincts. I have a feeling the royal couple are very comfortable with their instincts.

    1. I have a feeling they’ll be fine, but I still dislike the wolves (press) that follow them around – and people “offering their opinions” to make “news”. πŸ™‚

  5. I agree with Louise that her Mom will be very helpful to them and make life a little easier. The pressures of raising a child are hard enough but to have to do it in public and under the scrutiny of the world will be tough.

    1. Hi Beverly! I hope her mum does get to help and that she gets the help she wants and needs, rather than just what others think she should do! And yes, raising a child is hard enough, without the scrutiny of the world – but alas, I doubt that they’ll be left alone for long! Already there have been “press reports” of how much weight the Duchess has lost, etc. but I’ve not taken the time to read them. I have better things to do than to make my eyes bleed with their trashy “reporting” πŸ™‚

    1. Susan, I somehow doubt it! At least now we know his name, maybe the wolves will go back to their lairs and leave them alone πŸ™‚
      Though, I doubt it… πŸ™

  6. I wish them the best with their new baby. Catherine seems like a level headed woman and Prince William has a calm demure about him. I think they will handle the “wolves” better than Diana did (god rest her soul). I was hoping that they would choose Spencer as part of his name. Would have been a nice tribute to her.

    1. She does seem very level headed and so does William. I hope you’re right about them handling the “wolves” better than William’s mother did. I still recall where I was when I’d heard Diana had tragically died. The name is a great tribute to those gone before, but I doubt the name Spencer in there would sit well with others in the higher royal circles. But what do I know about that? Nothing and for that, I am glad πŸ™‚
      Still, it would have been nice to see a name from the Spencer side in there πŸ™‚

  7. Hi Louise,
    Yes that is a golden piece of advice and something as you say we can all benefit from. I know the IF ONLY I HAD…… when i haven’t followed my heart, my intuition.
    Great to see Kate and Wills are stepping out of the limelight as much as they can- He learned so much from his Mother
    PS this is my 3rd try at posting- do you have to have the CATPCHA code πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Suzie πŸ™‚

      Yes, I too am glad they’ve bolted to Kate’s parents. I found my own mother’s advice and assistance immensely helpful right at the start. But there comes a time when you just have to get on and do it yourself πŸ™‚

      And yes to the CAPTCHA codes – sorry!! πŸ™‚

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