I was thinking last night about my step-children. Someone on the Rabbit forum I visit was asking about being a Stepmum and how difficult it is and I thought, well - yes and no. When I came on the scene Alice was 12, Mike was 11 and Joe was 9. Alice especially could have made my life a misery but was always very understanding with me. I hadn't got a clue about dealing with children, I'd never had my own and my niece and nephew were only 5 & 3. I can't have been an easy person to be around, like I've said I threw tantrums regularly - and we saw them at weekend, usually from Friday evening, when I was knackered from working all week.
I've never had much energy and needed, and still do, lots of sleep. (I had TB when I was 3 - in my leg and eye - and I'm sure it stems from then.) So I would be waspish and argumentative, but they were very patient with me. Alice and I would argue, but luckily neither of us bear grudges, and once I learnt not to expect her to apologise just because I was the adult, we could hug and get over it. I learnt to say sorry to them if I made a mistake.
I may not have been the best Stepmum going, but I loved them from the word go - still do - and they were certainly the best stepchildren. Thanks Al, Mike & Joe.
I'm reading my way through Dickens at the moment. I'd never read any until I did the Intro to Literature a couple of years ago, when we did Great Expectations. For my birthday I got a 2nd hand complete set and, apart from short breaks to read murder mysteries, I've been engrossed in them. So far I've read:
Great Expectations - a good yarn
Oliver Twist - much grittier and nastier than the movie.
Pickwick's Papers - not my favourite, but a good read.
A Tale of Two Cities - definitely one of my favourites, again gritty and dark.
Little Dorrit - another 'grim reality' book and another favourite.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood - I wish I knew how the book was going to go from where it ended when he died.
David Copperfield - another favourite
Our Mutual Friend - good but not memorable
Bleak House - wonderful, wonderful, wonderful
And I'm part way through Martin Chuzzlewit
With almost all the books I find the first chapter or two confusing, but then get into it and find all his work moving and very descriptive of the era - I would have hated to be alive then - even to be a rich person - well woman at least - was so restrictive. There again I wouldn't have known any different so I suppose I'd have been happy enough - not as a very poor person though!