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My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin (or 'Munch' for short!) I am 7 years old, and this is where my mummy will help me write all about all the fun things we do together. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of my mummy and me, Munchkin, with the occasional appearance from the siblings - Beastie and Plumlet.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Dear Munch ... From Six to Twenty Six

Dearest six year old Munch ...



Last week, you received your gold pin and a special certificate as a reward for achieving 100% attendance for the whole of the Spring term. You missed out on it in the Autumn term because of one day of sickness and were determined that you were going to push yourself a little harder to get it next time, and you did. There were days you were tired, waking up (and being woken up) on those cold, dark, miserable mornings, to be lifted from the comfort of your warm bed and coaxed into your uniform, when you would have much rather stay in your jammies.

But you did it ...

Days when you peered out of the window at the rain lashing down on the pavement, knowing that you'd have to pull on your welly boots and winter coat to drag yourself out into the vicious elements to brave the 5 minute walk to the classroom, when the comfy sofa and cuddly blanket seems so much more welcoming!

But you did it ...

Days when following a regimental routine of washing, dressing and eating breakfast with limited room for delay seem much less appealing than mixing up the routine, eating breakfast in front of the television whilst still in pyjamas, at your own slow pace and playing with your sister and brother ahead of a day of very few plans and relaxed rules.

But you did it ...

Days when you'd rather read indoors, write stories and draw pictures, as and when you choose to, instead of following a strict classroom curriculum and rather rigid routine at school. When you would prefer to choose lunch from the kitchen at home instead of from the school menu and generally do everything at your usual, relaxed pace rather than keep to a pace with 29 other 6 year olds.

But you did it ...!

And do you know why you did it?
Not because I tell you that you have to.
Not because you have no choice.
You did it because even when you didn't know it, you wanted to do it.
You wanted to make me proud. You wanted to make your teacher proud. You wanted to make YOURSELF proud. And you did ... every single day!


Dearest sixteen year old Munch ...

Whether you are still studying at school, at college or have left full time education in favour of employment, I like to think that your determination and positive work ethic is still strong. Just as strong as it was when you were six years old and in Year One.

Last night, you stayed up late, watching television and chatting to friends via whichever social media channels that you are using now, eventually settling in to bed hours after I've originally suggested it, because you had important messages to send or an addictive box set to exhaust.

This has flattened your motivation to do anything this morning.
You'd rather stay in bed until your clock has passed the midday mark, when you might choose to drag yourself downstairs, raid the fridge for anything that is quick and simple, requiring minimal preparation. It would be so easy to bury your head from all you are meant to be doing today.


But you can do it ...

Today, you have an assignment that is due in that isn't quite finished, or a commitment you are not quite ready for. Things that you have put off until tomorrow. Reading magazines, listening to music and watching television seemed like a much better idea at the time, but you're regretting that a little now. Just remember, things like this can be fixed, and it may not seem like it now,

But you can do it ...

You did it when you were six years old, and, to me, you're still that motivated little girl who is bubbling with positivity and the will to do well. Some days, you may just need a gentle reminder of this!



Dearest twenty six year old Munch ...

I hope you don't mind that I still call you Munch ...?!

Right now, I can't even imagine what you are doing today. All I do know is, whatever you are doing, whatever you have become, you will be doing it in the most awesome way. Some days may seem tough, but I hope that every single morning, you still feel a little of that six year old motivation.

Some days, you'll peer out of the window at the rain lashing down on the pavement, knowing that you'd have to pull on your welly boots and winter coat to drag yourself out into the vicious elements to brave the journey that your life requires you endure, when the comfy sofa and cuddly blanket seems so much more welcoming!

But you'll keep going ...

Some days, you'll frown at the thought of following a regimental routine of washing, dressing and eating breakfast with limited room for delay, as it seems much less appealing than mixing up the routine, eating breakfast in front of the television whilst still in pyjamas, at your own slow pace and catching up with friends, ahead of a day of very few plans and relaxed rules.

But you'll keep going ...

Some days, you'd rather read a book indoors, watch the television and complete the odd household chore as and when you choose to, instead of following a strict and rather rigid routine. When you would prefer to choose lunch from the kitchen at home instead of eating lunch on the go whilst joining the hustle and bustle of everyday life and generally do everything at your usual, relaxed pace rather than keep to a pace according to rules and society.

But you'll keep going ...


And do you know why you'll keep going?
Not because I tell you that you have to.
Not because you have no choice.
You'll keep going because even when you don't know it, you'll want to keep going.
You want to make me proud. You want to make your friends proud. You want to make YOURSELF proud. And you do ... every single day!

You're amazing, at six ... at sixteen ... at twenty six ... And beyond! And if I could give you a gold pin every single day of your life, you'll know you deserved every single one of them!



5 comments:

  1. Beautiful post from a very proud Mummy. She is awesome little girl, far wiser than her years.

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  2. Aaaaa such lovely words, something for her to cherish as she grows as it will hold different meaning at different ages!

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  3. This is such a cute post . She will always be your munch and I'm sure secretly deep down will still like being called that. X

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  4. Oh this is so heartwarming. What a lovely idea! I have a feeling munch will be sticking with her even when (teenage years) she's not so keen. Really got choked up reading this!

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  5. What a wonderful post! She will always be your Munch no matter how old she gets. I love a heart warming post and this has made my Monday! x

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