I need to write this every year. I need to remind myself of this every day. My wife is amazing and I don’t know where she gets her energy from.

Occasionally her job takes her away from me and our kids, for a maximum of a week at a time, and I become a single parent. Thank goodness it is normally only twice a year and not more often.

My kids are amazing, they are bright and funny and well organised. That organisation leads to lots of questions and a quest for information. They need to know everything down to the finest details. That is where we come in, the fonts of all knowledge, apparently.

So I shouldn’t complain, if they weren’t interested in anything and were dull and boring I would be extremely upset. But, of course, I do complain because I am human, and fallible.

When she is gone I realise what patience she has, how selfless she is, and wonder where she gets her energy from. I, on the other hand, have limited resources which can soon run low and sometimes dry.

During these stressful times I just need to sit down and think, and appreciate my nonstop kids and their nonstop mum. Sit back in wonder and be thankful for the whirlwind that is life.

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© Neil Hayes and neilsworldofenglish