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.
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. 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.