Not so bad, considering

Yesterday morning I was all ready to sit down and write a post about how tiring and not nice my day was on Friday. Being a mummy is the best things in the world and I wouldn’t have it any other way, but there are days when you’re so tired, when the kiddos are so naughty and when there is so many colds, ear infections and other things going around, that you just can’t enjoy it all. 

So I was all ready to write and just popped onto facebook to check out how some of my Dutch friends were doing (I love facebook for enabling me to keep up with what people in Holland are doing even if I don’t get round to speaking to them) and it hit me right in the face…..

What was I complaining about. 

One of my oldest and dearest friends (one of those ones you don’t see but will always have a little place in your heart) has been dealing with the immense pain of a loss of life so awful that I have no words to describe it.

Another friend of mine, who is part of an awesome charity called Global Clowning (look them up and donate a few pennies if you can), is currently in Greece, dressed up as a clown, handing out food, clothes and a bit of laughter to refugees out there.

And I was complaining about a bit of tiredness, an ear infection and a cold. I felt ashamed.

I know that I am allowed to moan about my little problems even if there are millions of people have it much worse, and I know I will. 

But not now. Not today. Today I will mourn a loss that is not mine, today I will hope the poor refugee children will end their day with a banana in their tummies and a smile on their faces. And today I shall be grateful for what I have. Please take a moment to do the same.

Thank you and good night.


Bye bye Queenie – Long live The King!

English: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
English: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, after 33 years on the Dutch throne, Queen Beatrix has stepped down. For 123 years Holland has had a Queen, but now we have a King again.

I have never been particularly interested in the Royal Family, but I like Queen B. She is an amazingly strong woman and has done the country proud.

On 30th April 2009 there was an assault on her life. It happened during the Queen’s Day celebrations in Apeldoorn, when a man drove a car at high speed through the crowd who were watching the Queen’s parade. Eight people were killed and several badly injured. Four days later, the Queen attended a memorial service in Amsterdam facing a huge crowd of people to remember the victims of the second world war. The crowd greeted her with a deafening applause.

That’s the kind of Queen she was, always proud to represent her country and not afraid to show her support when it is most needed, regardless of the risks involved.

Enjoy your retirement Queenie, you deserve it! Oh, and keep an eye on that son of yours 😉

Long live The King!