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the world is going to shit, mum: why my boy is learning survival skills

The Little Man (not so little anymore, but always to be my Little Man) has recently developed quite an interest in survival skills.

He’s been shaping a bow shaft and making arrowheads from bits of wood. Whittling knife blades and learning about flint napping. Reading about what you can eat and what you can’t eat in the bush. And learning how to make rope from tree bark and vines.

While driving to Armidale last week, I questioned him about this new interest.

(Seriously, mums of soon-to-be teenage boys – the best place to have conversations with them is in the car. They are your captive audience! Put on a few of their tunes and start a conversation. You might be surprised at what you learn…)

His response was not what I thought it was going to be…

“Donald Trump is going to fuck things up, Mum. And we need to be prepared because it’s not only going to affect America. It’s going to affect us too.”

I took a few minutes to formulate my response, because, to be honest, his answer kind of floored me.

Little Man followed the recent U.S. election with great interest and was as shocked as the rest of the world at the results. He now listens carefully to news reports and reads world news from a variety of sources, obviously coming to his own conclusions from what he reads.

An honest and open conversation about imports, exports, trade agreements and sustainable living – interspersed with our shared love of black humour – lasted the next 30 minutes to Armidale. It was a conversation that made me grateful I have a son who takes an interest in the world at large.  Grateful even more that I have the relationship I do with him.  And it made me realise that having conversations like this with your children are important…

…because you never quite now what another person is thinking until you ask

Little Man and his pocket knife getting ready to shape arrowheads
preparing to make a blow dart gun
the Little Man is not a boy anymore
hammer and chisel blows
hollowing out a section of wood
my Little Man deep in thought

As to his choice of language, we’re a family that allows swearing, which you can read more about here.

In the comments, I’d love to hear:

Do you have regular, deep-and-meaningful conversations with your kids?

And what has been their reaction to the new president of the United States?

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taking stock #006

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i can’t believe I missed taking stock last month

Okay, I can believe I missed it because my mind has been anywhere else but on my blog.

It’s been a big couple of months, so I made choices about where I would spend my energy.  The blog was sidelined there for a little bit, but I’m happy to say that things are getting back to normal – whatever your definition of normal may be…

Making: time for yoga every morning
Cooking: only when necessary
Drinking: ginger tea with honey – the perfect afternoon pick-me-up
Reading: Chasing Odysseus by Sulari Gentill
Wanting: to be less tired
Looking: forward to Melbourne
Playing: quiet meditation music when I need to calm my mind
Deciding: what photography packages I will offer in my business
Wishing: I could get more done in the time I have – it seems that my to-do list keeps getting longer
Enjoying: the beautiful weather we’ve had lately
Waiting: (impatiently) for our trip to Melbourne
Liking: the sound of birdsong in the morning
Wondering: where we will be for Christmas this year
Loving: an extra day at home
Pondering: …
Considering: having a nap this afternoon
Watching:  The Witches of East End – a great no-real-need-to-think-about-it show
Hoping: my Beautiful Girl does well with the HSC
Marvelling: at how calm my mind is after a yoga session
Needing: a coffee
Smelling: Spring
Wearing: my new glasses – I can see!
Following: lots of new blogs at the moment
Noticing: a shift in people’s thinking – slow is better than busy
Knowing: that before too soon it will be 2016
Thinking: about all things business related
Feeling: tired with the start of daylight savings
Admiring: the wisteria flowers on my back deck
Sorting: out the store-room
Buying: a standing desk – it should arrive this week!
Getting: excited for our Melbourne trip (are you seeing the theme yet!!)
Bookmarking: …
Disliking: the pain my Little Man’s knees are giving him
Opening: letters
Giggling: at my Little Man’s puns – please stop!
Snacking: on ginger and carrots
Coveting: a new lens for the camera… still
Wishing: for all the best for all of the Year 12’s – I will miss those kids
Helping: out at Walcha Handmade when needed
Hearing: birdsong in the backyard

until next time…

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{photography} master n.

Tag, you’re it!

That was Master N’s catch-cry as we walked the track around Apsley Falls.

While his Mum was calling out for him to slow down, I was laughing at Husband and my Little Man, who were running alongside him for most of the way.  Everyone was worn out by the end of the morning, but memories were made and moments were captured.

And Master N was ever so happy because he had a great time hanging out with the Big Boys, and his new best friend, Murdoc.

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{photography} thirteen

it’s official – my Little Man is 13

I was stuck for what to get him for his birthday, until Husband suggested a 'computer' for his bike...

I was stuck for what to get him for his birthday until Husband suggested a ‘computer’ for his bike…

He couldn't wait to try it out.  Mainly to see how fast he could get going down the slope of our street...

He couldn’t wait to try it out – mainly to see how fast he could go riding down the slope of our street…

Which was 41.2 kilometres per hour.  Which he was determined to break.  Which he did.

Which was 41.2 kilometres per hour. Which he was determined to break. Which he did.

We cut the cake after dinner - chocolate zucchini cake, with chocolate icing and M&M's... Delicately decorated by the birthday boy himself.

We cut the cake after dinner – chocolate zucchini cake, with chocolate icing and M&M’s… delicately (read: they were thrown in the general direction of the cake and his mouth) decorated by the birthday boy himself.

So he's officially 13.  Officially an annoying teenage boy.... Wouldn't have it any other way.

So he’s officially 13. Officially an annoying teenage boy…. wouldn’t have it any other way.

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