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A small confession, and a bit of First Aid…

October 24, 2012

I have to start with the confession. I have had my first ‘fail’. Forgive me, for I have bought new. And the thing that is making me most cross, is that I didn’t even mean to!

Maybe I should give you some background, in my quest for forgiveness…

I was having a bad day yesterday. Trying to do too much and entertain 2 Small people at the same time, one of whom is brewing a cold, and ended up feeling fraught and frazzled with 2 unhappy Smalls.

And then just when I wanted to collapse in a heap on the sofa with a glass of wine, I remembered that I was supposed to be attending a Baby and Child First Aid Course at BigSmall’s pre-school. As I am the Chair of the committee, I didn’t really feel that I could cry off, so I heaved myself out of the door, running late.

The course was excellent, and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone with Small people. It was run by a lady called Philippa Thain, who was brilliant, and it covered the basics of what to do if your baby/child is unconscious/not breathing/choking/drowning. As you can imagine it was a little harrowing having to think about what you would do if your child was in that situation, and my head is quite busy at the moment dealing with some family stuff, so in my defence my brain wasn’t really working at full power, and certainly wasn’t focussed on My Make Do and Mend Year.

So then it happened…. At the end of the session, Philippa showed everyone a good First Aid book aimed at Small people First Aid, and had some copies with her for people to buy to take home. I had come rushing out without a purse (or a brain) so wasn’t going to get one anyway, and then someone who was writing a cheque said they could pay for me, and I could pay them back…. So I bought a book. A new book. And I didn’t even compute that I had failed until I got home and it was greeted with surprise by the lovely hubby.

The evidence

Pants. Very frustrating. I think it’s probably because I wasn’t in a normal ‘shopping environment’ or buying online, and I was pre-occupied with other stuff.

Must remember to take my brain with me wherever I go, and to keep it switched on.

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  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo October 24, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Doesnt count as it will be an invaluable tool for the health and well being of your little peeps.
    If your still feeling guilty then have you thought of paying for the book in something other than cash? If you explain to the person who paid about what you are ttying to achieve and make them something (bread and pizza bases spring to mind due to a recent post!) or even offer your time or skills to perform a task for them (eg mend some clothes, babysit their kids while they do some Xmas shopping etc) you can offset to cost of the book that way.
    Do not beat yourself up about it, – its not as if it was a book about something unnecessary!

    • Reply Jen October 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks Jo. Some good ideas! The lady who ran the course has been and gone, and I hate owing money, so I am just going to stump up the cash I think, but bargaining for things is something I hadn’t thought of-will give it some thought!

  • Reply Toni October 24, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Actually it’s not a fail if maybe you mention to the person who paid for your book and you owe if maybe they can wait till after you finished your make do and mend year and explain what it is your hoping to achieve, they may be sympathic to the cause 🙂

    • Reply Jen October 24, 2012 at 11:47 am

      Good point Toni, but I thnk I would feel mean owing someone for the best part of a year! Never mind-will just have to be more vigilant against rogue shopping opportunities!

  • Reply Hayley October 24, 2012 at 10:57 am

    On the book theme (BTW I don’t think it counts as a fail as its a book you’ll keep forever, not a throw away item) I’m sat reading Rainy day book of things to Make and Do. It’s full of fabulous crafts for children aged 3-10. So even I can do them. If you haven’t seen it already you should look it up (second hand of course!) the editor is Ellen Parnavlas. I got my copy from The Book People. I’m hoping to make a few Christmas gifts with my daughters.

    • Reply Jen October 24, 2012 at 10:59 am

      That sounds great Hayley-I will have a scout around and see what I can find secondhand! Sounds like just what I need to help me keep the Smalls entertained during half term, and in the run up to Christmas. I do miss The Book People..!

    • Reply Jen October 24, 2012 at 11:49 am

      Just looked on Amazon, and new it is £4 something, or £11 secondhand…

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