Monday 23 May 2011: End...
451/365: ... and one which I dithered and dithered about whether or not to blip.
But this is a record of my day and this is a moment which I'll definitely remember because despite it being the only thing that could happen... it was hard and sad. I'm not even sure you can make out what's happening* which is why I hope it's okay to post and doesn't offend anyone. If you look, you can see that in the hand of the man on the right is a gun.
This was the guy from the RSPCA who had come to deal with a very very ill fox in our garden. We've had this happen before - but that time the fox was taken away. This time, the fox was so ill that the only thing that could happen was that the fox was euthanised... and sooner rather than later as it had terrible mange - no fur left on its face, legs, tail, barely any on its body and had gone blind. It's so sad to see them so poorly but there really was nothing that could be done for it.
Unfortunately, Nick was roped in to help and came into the house a little bit flustered and blurted 'get the kids out of the way because the fox is going to be shot'. Which the children heard. So, there I am in the front bedroom as far away from the back of the house as possible... and facing a barrage of questions from the kids. 'Why is the fox being shot?'... 'What's the matter with the fox?'... 'Why is it going to be killed?'... 'Why can't they help it?'... 'What will happen to it?' etc etc.
Aaaaargh! I answered as gently as I could and afterwards we lit a candle for it. Flippin' heck these are the tricky bits of parenting, huh?
And just what I needed after a busy day at work too! Ah well, work was busy but productive. And for the first time in a few weeks I get to relax this evening.
Definitely need it.
PS Today was a Monday with knobs on
PPS Massive bloody knobs on!
* I tried to process it so that I could tell what was happening, but that it wasn't obvious to other people - not sure if that came off!