It’s Wednesday morning.
I know I need to be in work early.
I have that horrendous Year 10 class, so I need to be all set up. The deputy head will probably be sat in there too because they really are that horrible.
I need to get my son to Nana’s, and drop the dogs off for their hair cut.
But I forgot to get the cash I needed last night so need to go this morning.
The first cash point doesn’t work.
So I go to the next one. It’ll only take a minute!
A teenage boy is walking over to me, what the bloody hell does he want? I haven’t got time for this.
“Excuse me, you car is rolling backwards!”
And then I turn around. My car is indeed rolling backwards. My son is in the back. And time stands still.
One lovely teenage boy is racing after it to try and stop it. I run after it, not entirely sure what to do. In all the stress of worrying about getting to work I had completely forgotten to put the handbrake on.
Suddenly nothing else in the world matters other than getting to my son.
Luckily a white Audi breaks the momentum and they hit. I say luckily because the alternative was heading out backwards onto a main road and I can’t even begin to think about the what-ifs should that have happened.
For the second time this week it has put things into perspective.
It really doesn’t matter if I’m a few minutes late for work. Or that the deputy head may see me having an off day. What does matter is that my son is safe and my focus is on him.
Because when it comes down to it my family are my world and nothing else is more important.
So on days when I’m feeling a bit crap, work is overwhelming and the pressure of being a modern day mum all feels a bit too much I need to remember how lucky I am to have my lovely family and to have our health.
Hearing the sad news this week about the death of Lynda Bellingham made that so clear. It’s all about keeping it in perspective and remembering what really matters
Nobody was hurt in the bump and my little man was completely unaware of the drama. On opening the car door he piped up, “Mummy, did you get some money?”