Why is it that January and I'm afraid even the imminent month of February always seem to bring such doom and gloom? Frankly I am seriously thinking of not reading newspapers or listening to the almost 24 hrs of repetitive news fed to us by TV and Radio.
When the weather is cold and grey with, as we had yesterday in London, the bone chilling drizzling rain then I need something to smile about. I grabbed a truant hour in my business day yesterday to pay a quick visit to The Daughter and Granddaughter No.2 in West London. The beaming smile and skip and hop of delight from the three year old when I was spotted through the front window was well worth the detour. So I watched Beauty and the Beast for an hour and was serenaded by my little princess with all the songs [which she knows by heart and insists on singing] and then instructed to help her put on her "Belle" dress [a Disney fancy dress costume we bought for her every increasing collection of dressing up outfits] at the exact moment in the film when the character changed into her ballgown. Escapism at its finest. A lovely cup of tea made by The Daughter and then I was on my way duly uplifted and able to cope with a long business meeting which ran into the evening and ended up with a long tube journey home.
I think we should all make an effort to find time for a little happiness - for ourselves and to spread around.
I arrived back in time to watch the second half of the TV programme DIY SOS - the team completely redesigned and practically rebuilt the home of a young lad who had been paralysed and brain damaged in a Rugby Game. He had spent a year in hospital and could not come home to his loving family until the house was adapted. The team not only created a ground floor suite for the young lad by building an extension [in seven days!] but also redecorated the entire house for the Mother and two other children. Of course this was a big job and they were flooded with help from local tradespeople, fundraisers, friends, neighbours, the lad's school chums -it was so wonderful to see such community spirit and kindness. Why don't we hear more about that on the news?