I love the 'it's the little things' posts that some blogging mums do - a brilliant reminder to treasure precious moments and find a little bit of enjoyment when you're having a tough day. Big things are important too. There are some pretty big bad things afoot in our society and happening to our planet. I wouldn't have had children if I believed that 'we're all doomed' (a common refrain around the office where I work, said in jest to lighten the mood when things seem bleak!), but sometimes I need to look quite hard for signs of hope. I'll write blog posts about things that give me hope for the future - perhaps not every week but I'm hoping the more I look the more I'll find!
We're in the full grip of an Octonaut obsession right now. Little M will watch virtually nothing else on TV. On a week where she has mostly been curled up on the sofa feeling poorly, that's a lot of Octonauts!
She also really, really wants a new magazine. And she know's she's not getting a new one until she finishes a few more of the activities in many, many magazines that she already has. So we've also busy with stickers, spelling, mazes and costume making from Octonauts magazines dredged from the back of the 'half-finished-magazine' box. The double page spread Arctic Zone sticker scene has been a favourite.
Who wouldn't love the Octonauts? They spend their days swimming around exotic locations, looking after the oceans and each other, and having a lot of laughs along the way. Life as an Octonaut would be great!
Whilst little M was busy painting a toilet roll to make herself an Octonaut torch, Greenpeace came knocking on the door. I'm not signing any new charity direct debits whilst I'm on maternity leave so, picturing the kitchen turning Octonaut-torch-grey whilst my back was turned, I quickly blurted out my standard response "I won't set up a direct debit but tell me what you want me to sign up to and I'll check out your website later". As little L started crying the well practiced fundraiser equally quickly blurted out "have you heard Shell want to drill for oil in the Arctic? Sign the petition to turn it into a global sanctury at www.savethearctic.org" And so, true to my word, I have.
Will the Octonauts save the Arctic? Maybe not. But Greenpeace just might! If you help them...and the Octonauts help create the next generation of passionate and plucky environmental campaigners.
Perhaps when faced with decisions we should ask ourselves "What would the Octonauts do?". Would the Octonauts sign the petition to save the Arctic? Hell yeah! Would they buy their own magazine with plastic tat on the front? Perhaps only occasionally.
Today I'm hopeful because kids love the Octonauts and because Greenpeace keep on being Greenpeace.