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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

A STORY: A tale of the toys of Erin-Mai - and why I love the generation I'm in.

Why we should be thankful for social media

In a sleepy house, in a sleepy road, in a sleepy town, lives a little girl and her teddies.
When the sun is shining and the day is bright, they spend their days picnicking and playing in sheer delight.
When the wind blows and the rain pours down, they build forts and cuddle, and play dress up in Erin's favourite gown.
But when the moon comes up, and the sun hides away, it's time for everyone to wash up and say...
Goodnight all, I love you, sweet dreams for all.

But the story doesn't end there...
Whilst Erin is sleepy and cosy in bed, the teddies; Hop Hop and Mr B, Stripey Monkey, Ballerina Elicia and Theo the Bear, they shake their heads and rub their eyes. They want more story time.
They're heard the best stories, and have their own tales to tell, of the adventures outside and hiding inside. They whisper in the night, telling dreams for Erin of green grass, and tea and pink lemonade.

As night creeps on and dawn arrives, they rub their eyes, and wait for Erin-Mai to wake.
They know another adventure is about to start.

A special thanks to Jemma for this illustration of Erin-Mai's teddies as part of this little story. This will be finding its' new home with Erin-Mai, when Santa sends his elves to collect it ready for Christmas Day. 

Writing this little story for my niece got me thinking. She sat with my sister-in-law and read my blog, and then they sent me a message with Erin-Mai's thoughts and her story request. I mean I was kind of over the moon that they were even reading my blog together. And that she wanted to be involved just made me so happy.
And it made me realise just how lucky our generation and our future generation is/are. I mean, my sister-in-law and my niece live in Northampton. I live in Southampton. Mine and Dann's parents, and my sisters, and Dann's brother all live in Buckinghamshire. Sure they're not so far away that we can't visit, but you know, we're all busy, so we can't visit as much as we would like.
But we are lucky. We have social media, and whatsapp, and email. We can send messages to each other at any time of the day or night. We can call each other. We can describe our days in emoji's (by the way, my mother-in-law rules the world for her use of emoji's).

We're at the age now where our siblings and friends are all starting to have families. And it just isn't always possible to see them face to face. But our technology means a video can be sent in seconds. One of my closest friends sent me a video of her daughter who is two and a half, bouncing on her trampoline in her PJs after she escaped to the garden at breakfast! Those 30 odd seconds of footage were brilliant. A moment caught in time. And I get to share that moment, and it's an incredible honour.

When Erin-Mai asked me to write her story I was touched. But when she set up a photoshoot with her mum to help me, I have to admit, I was overwhelmed. So I'm going to share those photos... because to be honest they are spectacular. They show her amazing character, and she's part of my little family. And I'm thankful that blogging and technology and the generation that I'm living in right now means I get to see this wonderful little girl grow up, even if I'm far away. That means the world!

Why we should be thankful for social media

Why we should be thankful for social media


  1. Terry (proud daddy and Bro in law)21 October 2015 at 09:08

    Not gonna lie I actually just cried reading all that. Beautiful :-) xx

  2. Beautiful post Rach and gorgeous illustration, little Erin will adore that xxx

    1. I do hope so - now to purchase a frame! xx

  3. I couldn't agree more with this post. My cousin Danielle who I run our blog with, has a little girl and it's so nice to be kept up to date with her through technology - I'm lucky enough to see her every other weekend but it brightens my day to be whatsapped a video or photo of her! Also, I volunteer in a school and my Year 6 class are amazed when I tell them the iPads they use in class weren't invented when I was their age - we are all so lucky to be living in these times :) Lovely post - and your niece is gorgeous!
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings

    1. This is so true. We didn't have a computer in my house until I left home to go to university. We didn't have smart phones, we had snake!! lol
      I really think sometimes we just need reminding that it's not all bad!



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