Went over to Craig's folks for a family gathering this evening since his parents are heading off on another whirlwind adventure across Australia and saw my great nephew for the first time. Isn't funny how quickly you forget just how tiny and fragile babies are? Don't worry I didn't drop him or anything, but I was shocked at how small he was, it has been yonks since I held a newborn baby. Generally, I am not known for my baby loving ways, I just don't get into the crying, pooey pants and spewing up milk thing. But when they are sleeping, well I think they are okay then, maybe even, dare I say it? Likable.
But rest assured, I am not even slightly clucky, in fact handing him over was a relief. I do like sleeping babies, but again short bursts only. Of course it wasn't like that with my own kids, I did all of the obligatory mummy stuff but I just didn't adore the newborn bits. Please don't send me hate messages for saying that, because it isn't that I never loved them intensely, I just didn't find that period of my children's lives a delight. I wasn't high fiving myself over shitty nappies, sleepless nights and undefinable crying (sometimes from me) - but I don't think you have to love that stuff to be good mum, you just have to love your kids and eventually they learn to use the toilet, sleep through the night and tell you why they're sad and everything gets easier.
Bottom line is that being parent is really hard work and you have to do all of the hard yards even when it is well outside of your comfort zone. It's tiring and mostly thankless work and there is no magic formula for getting it right. You don't just inherently know what your doing, and most of the time you're just flying blinding by the seat of your pants and praying that you're getting it right. It's tough and honestly, I'm glad those baby days of mine are over.
Now I have the privilege of looking forward to breaks without any of those early day tribulations, I get to fill my time wondering what to do with all my time off......so tough! So, what will I do with my days off? Well, whatever I'm doing, I know that I will be having myself a baby-less bloody good time!
Release Date: 1986
Running Time: 103 mins
I couldn't even hazard a guess at how many times I have watched this movie. Written, produced and directed by teen movie giant John Hughes and shot mostly around the city of Chicago, Ferris Bueller's Day Off is definitely one of my favourite '80's movies of all time.
Accompanied by his girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) and his best friend Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck), Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) creatively avoids his principal, his parents and his resentful sister Jeanie and ditches school for a day of fun and mischief in the city.
I loved the wise guy, 'up to no good' character of Ferris, Broderick clearly had a lot of fun playing his role. From roaring down the freeway in a red 1961 Ferrari convertible, to Sears Tower and the Art Institute of Chicago to the Oktoberfest float rendition of 'Danke Schoen', it is just tremendously good fun from start to end.
I can hardly believe that this movie is nearly 30 years old now, so it is true, life does move pretty fast!
FINAL SAY: The question isn't "what are we going to do," the question is "what aren't we going to do?"
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