Dear Father Christmas


Dear Father Christmas,

How has your Christmas been? Rather busy, I expect. I hope you’re finding time to relax with your family now that the festive period is coming to an end.

Thank you for the books; it is always a pleasure to find something new to read in my stocking, and your choices were perfect, as usual. I must confess to being quite disappointed at the surprise gift of a chest infection but have since come to the conclusion that, once again, you’d managed to come up trumps. After all, without it I might not have had the joy of experiencing my son, now growing up fast, being protective of his mum, shielding me from the rain, carrying my shopping and making me endless warm drinks. It is easy not to notice the small things, but you highlighted them for me and made me smile.

The loss of my voice also gave me an excuse not to make ‘small talk’ with various relatives, but to observe quietly the wonder of Christmas from the point of view of my dear nieces and nephew. How excitable they were! I can’t imagine a better way to spend Christmas than listening to their chatter and giggles, stories and songs. Thank you, once again.

I missed Midnight Mass this year, being too busy coughing and spluttering, but ‘Carols by Candlelight’ more than made up for that. Seeing my daughter singing with the choir again was divine and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

It has been a long year full of seemingly endless disappointment and tough lessons to learn but, in true Christmas spirit, I am ending the year surrounded by love. Before long a new year will begin, and I am looking forward to it.

Merry Christmas,

OrdinaryGirl x x x x


Dear OrdinaryGirl


Dear OrdinaryGirl,

I was out shopping today and thought of you. The woman at the checkout packed away my shopping and, as I watched, I thought that you would be screaming silently had you been there. I bought icecream; want to share? I’ll come to you, you’re not so far away.

While I’m here, I was wondering if you had time for an opinion. My little girl asked me who I loved most in the world. I told her, “You, of course, and the little man.” She replied that she knew that, but she meant in the other kind of way. She wanted to know who I was most ‘in love’ with.

Do I tell her honestly that I fell head over heels with another woman long ago? Would she understand that at the tender age of 6? Or should I lie? How honest should you be with your children?

Yours Truly xxx


Dear Yours Truly,

With my OCD on the rampage, I would have probably walked out of the shop. I’d love to share your ice cream, but I’m lactose intolerant… would be a bad plan. Maybe in the holidays when I don’t have to be at work!

I always said I would be honest with my children, but I only told my daughter recently that I date women. She doesn’t care, but then she is a little older. I think it depends what you’re comfortable with… Maybe my blogging friends will have a different opinion. I’ll sleep on it.

OrdinaryGirl x x

Fan Mail?

I’ve been away a while… year 11 exams… When exam season hits, there is no rest for the wicked, apparently! I’ve not checked mail for a week, so today it has taken me a little time to catch up with my WordPress friends. Yet again, you keep me entertained, bloggers… interesting reads today…


‘Dear OrdinaryGirl,

I’ve been wondering how you are, as I’ve not seen you post recently. Is all well? How are things in the teaching world?

Someone told me that the countdown has begun for the wonder filled six weeks holiday now, are you counting days too? I ask as a lover of beaches and penguins, for I look forward to finding out how the penguins like the sand. Does the sand affect their sliding ability at all?

I hear Ofsted are in your area. A right prickly bunch, that lot. Not as prickly as hedgehogs though, I’m sure you are aware. If you are unlucky enough to get the call this side of the holiday, I hope they find you well prepared and ready to give them everything you have. In teaching terms, anyway… I’d quite like some of the rest.

Hoping you’re well and blogging soon,

Yours Truly xxx’


Well… Thanks, ‘Yours Truly,’ for giving me faith that I am not the only borderline insane person out there.

The teaching world is full of ups and downs, as always, but still full of rewards. I am indeed counting down (24 working days to go) and very much in need of a break. The coast is my desired destination, of course, and I hope to spend countless hours staring at the sea. As for penguins, the sand gives them friction burns, I believe, but next time I see one I’ll be sure to ask for confirmation.

I hope you’re wrong about Ofsted. I could do without that right now. I would be prepared, yes, but I’m rather tired and feeling the strain. Not sure I’d do myself justice.

Take care, Yours Truly, enjoy the sunshine.

OrdinaryGirl x x x x x

P.S. What do you know about hedgehogs??