Snowdrops and shopping – a year on
Although it is over a year since we left our rather civilized life in the city in order to create an environment that would save Jiggy from ongoing medication and ‘intervention’ that we felt would inevitably fail it is almost exactly a full year since this Jiggy and Mummy home schooling adventure began rolling. Moo and Titch have been at the local village school since March last year and are both genuinely happy. They need and are getting extra academic help and we are managing Moo’s social angst “in-house”!
Jig and I are still entirely under the radar as Cornwall haven’t seen fit to check up on us. Whilst I know that it isn’t really OK on a wider scale (and they really should have!) I am really grateful to have had this time off grid to work out how we do this thing without local authority “advice”. Put it this way, I did my bit and I am not reminding them that we are here…
We have unusual double-headed snowdrops here and as they appeared last week on the newly cleared shrubbery patch in this wild Cornish homestead we are busy reclaiming I was struck by how pleased I was to see them. Pleased that we have survived to see them again. Pleased that there is a great deal to celebrate about this year and pleased that I can face this next year on much more solid ground, and not just because we have replaced the joists. Pleased that I could take Jig to Exeter yesterday and we achieved real shopping in an ordinary way. Pleased that he can do many more just as important things and that with every fall along the way there is a clutch of successes to offset it. The fact that the conifers fell over in the storm last night and squashed the snowdrops doesn’t mean that we don’t know they are there, underneath it all.
We have some great adventures planned for 2014. One day at a time though. One day at a time.