Reasons to be Cheerful – My Nieces


It’s a funny old time of year, Christmas, isn’t it? I don’t know about you but I find myself on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster during the festive season, swinging precariously from giggly and excited to blue and melancholy with just the sound of the wrong Christmas song. And that’s just every year – this year, in my current state of uncertainty about the future, it’s worse than ever! Bet you’re thinking I’m a joy to live with, huh…?

This week has been a bit up and down. My festive cheer from a couple of posts back wavered at the beginning of the week thanks to those little know irritations called WORK and LIFE, but then they were back off the richter scale following two Xmas parties and a fantastic night out with friends. Well, it’s tough not to feel cheerful when you get to wear two giant skirts back to back, but more on that later. Three days of back to back partying inevitably led to a bit of a crash back down to earth yesterday (as well as being the most tired I have ever been. I’m officially too old for this) so I decided to do a little online shopping for my Niece’s presents to hold off the blues.

Thinking about my nieces always cheers me up. Whether it’s their cute little faces, a picture they drew me or remembering something hilarious one of them said, I can’t think about them without cracking a smile. They aren’t easy – they squabble, they get bored, and boy do they have a lot of energy – but they are awesome and I wouldn’t change them for the world.

Keira and I have a special bond thanks to having looked after her when she was small. She was always a bright little button, and the older she gets the more she amazes me. Last Christmas she spent all day teaching my emotionally damaged dog, who rarely lets a child (or a stranger for that matter) within 6 feet of her, new tricks. I think she looks forward to seeing the dog more than me, but either way it warms the heart to see them playing together and I can’t wait to see them again on Boxing Day for more fun.

Josie is the cheekier of the two and a natural comedian. Last week when I was visiting thanks to a work event nearby she sang me a beautiful rendition of ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’, featuring the lesser known xmas treat “Piggy Pudding”. Piggy Pudding, in case you’re interested is ‘a bit like a mousse’ according to Josie, it’s chocolate flavoured, but pink! She also asked me if I had a baby in my belly, and when I said no she said, “Then why is it so big and fat?!” Thanks Jose, much appreciated!

So now whenever I feel the melancholy creep back in I remind myself that in around 2 weeks I’ll be spending the day with my two favourite girls and that’s enough to keep me smiling.


Bring it on, Christmas, I can handle you!



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