Wednesday 21 December 2011: Bravery...
663/365: ... comes in many forms.
Today, Maddy Moo was my brave little sausage. She woke up feeling rotten (think she's caught the lurgy from me - whoops!) and I really didn't think she was going to go to school. Three or four months ago, it would have been a certainty that she'd be off. In fact, she went back to bed - crying, coughing and looking awful - with the decision that she'd stay home. A couple of minutes before Nick left for work with Felix, she suddenly emerged and said she'd go.
She actually *wanted* to go - despite feeling awful. For other people's children this might be nothing unusual, but for Maddy Moo it's completely out of character. And what was more - she even participated in the 'Round the Christmas Tree Carols' this afternoon. Last year, she sat on my lap, refusing to budge and giving me a dead leg in the process. But there she was, sitting with her friends. Almost singing (let's not expect miracles!)... and as relaxed as I've seen her at one of these things.
Felix, as ever, joined in happily - he clocked me sitting opposite so then proceeded to spend most of his time mouthing conversation at me or even resorting to the art of mime at one point (he wanted his Christmas card with a picture of a sprout on it so it turned out!)!
Anyhoo... this doll. I made this for Maddy when we got home. I want her to remember this feeling - to know what she can do. Where she did more than she thought she could. And survived. So, the red dress is a strong colour - because she's strong. And inside is a little felt heart - because it's her brave heart that she doesn't see, but it's there. It all sounds so trivial, but such a big step for Maddy. This term has been all about change.
I'm so, so proud of you, Maddy Moo. xx
PS I ended up making a second boy doll for Felix afterwards
PPS This one had a little felt heart on its t-shirt rather than inside
PPPS Fizzy really does wear his heart where you can see it.
PPPPS Sorry for the gushy-mummy blip. Everyone's allowed to indulge sometimes, right? :o)