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  1. Best wishes to all of you in these difficult times. I'm sure it may have been hard for Finley to take this situation in, but ulitmately this experience will make him more mature, compassionate, and brave. As much as we would like to protect our children from experiences that aren't perfect, it is real life with both the lows and the highs that helps our children grow with strength and character. I hope that Richard's father gets better soon.

    1. Thank you Heather: I thought long and hard about taking him on to the ward to see John and finally came to the conclusion that reality was probably much less frightening than the images Finley was likely to be conjuring up and ultimately I too agree that bringing our children up in a safe, cosy little bubble doesnt provide them with the skills they need to deal with life in all it's sad, ugly glory..

  2. Dear sweet Alison….I do hope you and your babe Finley feel better very soon!!! I'm so very sorry about Richard's Dad and can only hope that he will be in wonderful hands at the new location. So many recover wonderful from strokes and we can hope for nothing but the best for him!!! Please take good care of your self and sweet Fin (and of course, dear Richard as well) hugs and love, Dawn

    1. Oh Darling Dawn, thank you so much for this. Already the new unit are running a drill of tests and arranging courses of therapy so it's all looking very positive.
      As for Finley, the little monkey becomes more of a hypochondriac every day and took to the sofa in something of a Hollywood style swoon this evening…
      Bless his little heart.
      Hope you and yours are well.x

  3. Glad to have you back! They can indeed work wonders with stroke victims Alison,he will be monitored carefully forever now its a horrible worry never the less and I send much love to you and Richard.Robbie Williams.Gutted.xx

  4. So pleased to hear that Richard's Dad is improving. As for the other things – well, life is what it is. We will wait & enjoy the posts as they come in. Family and loved ones always come first. (Children are always more resilient than we give them the credit for.)

    1. Thank you for your patience Thea, I am uncomfortable being as behind as I am, but by tomorrow I should be all back to normal (or as normal as it is as possible to be during the school holidays!). And you are right, children are resilient and we don't do them any favours by offering them a Disney-fied version of life do we?
      Have a lovely sunday.x

  5. Glad all are home, best to Richards' father in his recovery….chicken soup and good books for you and Finn…a strapping big six year old now! No longer a babe…a real guy in his own right…you have a life long job of teaching him to be a gentleman of character and kindness….hope the colds go away quickly. Best to all…and to heck with Robbie (though we wish him well!)

  6. Alison, I'm so sorry your family has had to go through this ordeal. Best wishes for a full recovery. So sweet of you to apologise to your readers, but all of us Vintage Housekeepers understand the need to put family first!

  7. Blessings to you and your family during this trying time. Hope that you & Finley are feeling better everyday. All the best

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