The Payback begins…

It would not be an understatement to say it hasn’t been a struggle. Six pregnancies, three children under six, and several life-changing events, untold dramas, adventures and crises. Then let’s not forget the mundane – the endless, endless, endless, endless, endless, endless meals to be planned, bought for, prepared, force-fed (ahem, gently coerced), washed up, wiped up; the countless, countless, countless, countless nights of vomiting, crying, nightmares, wet beds, ‘I want a hug and I don’t care that it’s 3am’; the various hideous child-related tasks that NO-ONE warns you about – lice, worms, leaking nappies, leaking nappies that defy belief as it creeps up their back and down their arms, children who walk slower than a snail; the relentless, relentless, relentless picking up of other people’s clothes, especially when with three girls and multiple changes per day, this can amount to a full time job. Ok, so I’m omitting the wonderful too – their beauty, their exhuberance for life, their wonder, their belief in you, their expressions, their cuddles.

But.. last night, the payback really began. All those nappies? Forgotten. All those wretched meals left uneaten? Almost forgotten. All those early mornings? Forgotten. Why? Because last night, after I’d put Ruby to bed, I was indulged in the most perfect 15 minutes of my life….. Daisy gave me a foot rub with baby lotion, while Poppy brushed my hair. It just doesn’t much better than that.

About Grin & Tonic by Alana Kirk

Bouncing into middle age armed with courage, ambition and a pair of tweezers (chin hairs for anyone over the age of 45 reading this) I am a writer with a mission: to redefine this midway point in my life when the last thing I want to do is hang up my high heels and become invisible. This is the end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end. A single mum to 3 fabulous girls, an author, and a fundraising consultant, both ends of my candle are on fire. As I enter this new stage of my life, I want to explore what it means for 'mid-aged' women today, who were promised they could have it all, ended up doing it all, and just do not identify with the traditional image of middle age.
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1 Response to The Payback begins…

  1. Ohhh how lovely :o) This is what I love about girls. I remember I used to do the same for my Mama and vice versa. I don't think boys quite have it in them to do that and I probably wouldn't expect them to anyway. A great post. Enjoy those little darlin's of yours, they sound adorable :o) xo


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