Chai And A Chat #129 #ChaiAndAChat

And breathe.

Finally, I am on my Easter break, and I have made no bones about how shattered I am. Still, last week was a hectic lead up to the break filled with ups and downs, and rather a lot more sadness than I would have hoped for.

So, do you have your drink handy?

  • If we were having chai I’d have to start with school. It’s been a bit of a week, even though we were only in school for 3.5 days with the kids. From having one child out, due to isolation, and several more suffering various ailments, we spent half the time worrying that we would all be caught by some mystery bug, but thankfully, that didn’t happen. I’ve had conversations with parents, conversations with children, conversations with colleagues… there’s been a lot of talking. But, we tried our hardest to make sure that the last few days of term were happy, for our classes.
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that there was a lot of chocolate out there. Gifts from colleagues and children meant a lot of temptations, and I’d love to say I didn’t succumb, but I did, a little. Still, we all need some downtime from being good, don’t we?
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you why I’ve had a sad week, too. As many of you know, we started the week with the extremely sad news that our Blog Sister, Sue Vincent had reached the end of her fight with cancer. It was even more bitter sweet as I had only heard on Sunday that my precious uncle had been placed in palliative care, with mere days to live. I was on tenterhooks most of the week, knowing we were going to hear something. On Thursday we were told that a dear cousin of mine had also lost his battle against cancer, after fighting for a year. I attended an online funeral for him on the morning of Good Friday. Then, the news came about my uncle finally being at peace, on Saturday. There have been tears. A lot. There has been laughter and reminiscing, too, but the sadness I am feeling after a loss-filled week, that will take time to fade.
  • If we were having chai I’d tell you that I haven’t been as good with the walking and exercise this week, but I have been shattered, and battered emotionally, so, to find that I had still managed to lose a tiny bit of weight this week, was a bonus.
  • If we were having chai I’d mention that cricket is well and truly back on. I think he went training at least three times this week, and that is set to increase, if he has his waay. At least the weather has been pleasant.
  • If we were having chai I’d say, with a sigh of relief, that this is the state of my alarms for the next twoo weeks, thank goodness!
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This week, I have a dentist apppintment, and also a couple of house based appointments, too, but the rest of the week will be spent recuperating from an emotional week gone by, and the start of some clear outs, ready for a hopeful move to our forever home, sooner rather than later. Oh, and cricket. That will be a fixture of our life for the next few months, too!

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38 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jane Risdon
    Apr 07, 2021 @ 08:32:04

    Ritu, what a terribly sad and heartbreaking time for you and your family. Words are so inadequate at such times. I feel for you and yours. Take heart. xx

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  2. Leanne
    Apr 07, 2021 @ 03:31:57

    Hi Ritu, you’ve had quite a week. I’m sorry for the compound of loss and the ongoing difficulties at work. Looking on the bright side – because I always know you’ll be on the bright side – Easter break came just in time. Rest, rest, revive. You will be OK.

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    • Ritu
      Apr 07, 2021 @ 07:18:24

      Thank you Leanne. Yes, you know me well enough to know I’ll always try and look on the bright side. Thank goodness for the break. 💛

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  3. Darlene
    Apr 06, 2021 @ 19:41:13

    It has been a rough time for many of us it seems. Losing a close family member is always hard to deal with and you have had two losses. We are all choked about Sue of course. May they all rest in peace and keep an eye on us. xo

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  4. robertawrites235681907
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 18:30:58

    I am so sorry to hear about your losses, Ritu. I knew about your uncle from FB, but not about your cousin. The loss of Sue has been hard for me too, I miss her posts and just knowing she is there on the other side of an email or blog comment.

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  5. johnrieber
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 17:41:41

    So sorry that you have had such an emotional week both personally and professionally.

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  6. OIKOS™-Editorial
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 17:00:46

    But really, it’s been a week of grief. Do you have another two weeks vacation, from now on? In any case, it is always good to be full of hope. Sis, i wish you the best of success for the various appointments. Be well, stay save, enjoy life, and .. Take care! Michael

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  7. syl65
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 14:40:05

    Enjoy the Easter break, Sister and I hope you can recuperate nicely.

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  8. Maggie
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 14:12:24

    I cannot imagine the pressure of teaching given our current environment. I send you my condolences on the losses you have experienced in such a short time. I have succumbed to chocolate on more than one occasion this past week, so given what you have been through, I think yours was well deserved. Here’s hoping for an easier week. ❤️

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  9. willowdot21
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 13:18:35

    Another busy week but you made it to Easter. Again I so sorry for the loss of your beloved uncle 💜💜💜

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  10. Jennie
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 12:57:27

    Your break couldn’t have come at a better time! Such sadness, and they say that things happen in threes. You have had your three!! I find myself looking for a Sue blog post and then ‘remembering’. I think the sadness will be with me for a while. Rest and relax. I hope your challenging child at school is getting help.

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  11. Erika
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 11:06:10

    Again, I am sorry for the loss of your uncle, sis! As you said, you deserve some chocolate. Life needs some balance, right?

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  12. nessafrance
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 11:04:15

    I’m so sorry to hear about your recent losses. It’s heartbreaking when it happens all at once. I hope you’ll have the chance to relax and recharge your batteries over the holiday period. I always enjoy reading your posts.

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  13. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 10:06:13

    So sorry for the sad loss of your dear uncle and cousin, Ritu. It’s been a dreadful time in that respect. Sue too. So sad. Hope for happier times ahead. Take care, Marje xx

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  14. eloisedesousa
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 08:55:49

    I’m so sorry for all the loss you suffered over the past week, Ritu. Looking forward to your news on moving to your forever home and the exciting chickpea curry lit story you have cooking for your readers. Have a wonderful, restful week. 🌸

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