Monthly Archives: April 2015

Half Hour Ballet Class

Half hour ballet class – by The40yearold


She wanted to pirouette

She wanted to prance

She had dreams of the stage

She was desperate to dance


So at the age of just three

I signed her up right away

To a reputable dance school

On a free Saturday.


So she pranced and she danced

And she learnt all the moves

She declared that she loved it

We had nothing to lose


“We suggest she tries tap”

The instructor advised

She’ll love it, it’s great fun

It’s a challenge, she’ll rise!


So I hand my cash over

Bought all the gear

Now the class lasted longer

It was all very clear


“She will be in our show

She’ll need extra classes”

So I hand over more cash

And time quickly passes


Now she does modern

And drama and song

Our Saturdays sink and

And never last long


There are concerts and shows

And exams and the like

I’m sewing and fixing

All jobs I dislike


It’s engulfed our whole life

Our weekends are lost

And that’s completely ignoring

The buregouning cost


It’s out of control

And it happened so fast

Just four years on from

That Half hour class

Ballet girls

Life Lessons for my Children

I have been tagged by Abstract Lucas in this meme to list 5 lessons (#big5meme) to pass on to my children.  So after a large amount of thought I have come up with the following:

Don’t put your willy in your breakfast cereal

Fairly self-explanatory, this one.  As with all the lessons I teach you, it is usually after the event.

Don’t lock your brother in the chicken coop

oh how we laughed – after freeing him, sobbing, from the dark confines of a coop that he technically shouldn’t have been able to fit in.

Please wipe your bottom

I love that we have got to a stage where you use the toilet all by yourself, but at aged 4, now is not the time to decide which bits you do and which bits you can ignore.  That goes for washing your hands too.

You only ever write on paper

Not the walls, not your face, not your sister.

You are not Still Hungry

You’re bored.  You’ve eaten half the house….you are NOT hungry.

Only kidding………clearly these aren’t life lessons.  They are, none the less, lessons I’ve had to teach.

Here are my REAL 5 Life Lessons.

Look for a job you love

Ask people about who you are. Spend time thinking about what kind of person you are and then work out what you love doing, what you are good at and what you think you will enjoy doing 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 12 months of the year.  Feel free to change your mind too.  You only get one life and most of it is spent working so make sure you love doing it.

Be Kind

You lose nothing from being kind.  You can still be wary. You don’t have to dive in and save people left right and centre, but you can always be kind.  You don’t know other people’s journeys, their home life, their situation.  Your default should always be kind until more information is available.

Love is Love

Be open-minded and don’t be afraid to say so to those that aren’t.  Love comes in many forms and doesn’t involve just a man and a woman.  Other people’s choices have no impact on you.  Being in love is a wonderful thing.

Persevere for a limited time

Don’t give up too easily, but recognise when you have given something your all and it’s time to walk away.  Trying is half the battle, but sometimes we just aren’t designed to be experts at everything.  Remind yourself of what you ARE good at.

Be Thankful

If you have a home over your head, food and friends you have everything you need.  Stop comparing yourself to other people and ask yourself if you are happy.  There is always someone worse off than you.  If you want to change things, only you have the power to do so, but recognise what you have first.

I’m not tagging anyone, but anyone reading this……please take up the mantle.