One-Liner Wednesday – Strength

“Sometimes the strongest shoots emerge from the deepest sh*t.”

Ritu Bhathal

For Linda’s #1LinerWeds

Chai And A Chat #228 #ChaiAndAChat

Hello there! I am rather cold. Is it definitely Spring?

Have you got your drink?

  • If we were having chai,Β I’d start by saying the week really whizzed by. Time is flying. I don’t know where it is going, but this is scary. It’ll be the end of March, before we know it, and clocks will be changing, and a quarter of 2023 will be done! The school has been busy (when is it not?) It is that time of year when we need to assess the children and have targets for data on our minds. Hard when these little children are still. being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The children we have right now are the ones who wouldn’t have been out much. No toddler groups, some had nursery but not fully, and it shows in their communication and personal and social skills. Attention spans are lower than before, too. Still , we go on. I had to do the observations we missed the week before, which all went well, and I got to see a P.E. lesson for children older as one of my observations, which was lovely to watch.
  • If we were having chai,Β I’d tell you that one evening, I got back to a surprise package from a lovely author friend of mine from across the Atlantic Ocean! Kay Bratt, she is lovely. She said she would send me a book mark, and she did, along with a whole load of other things! What a treat!
  • If we were having chai,Β I’d say that there were two more strikes this week by teachers across the country. Our school wasn’t affected by closures, as such, as only one of the teachers in the appropriate union was striking. This sounds awful, but even though I agree with why we are striking – not just for increased pay, but for increased funding for Education as a whole, since we are all being pulled from pillar to post to be teachers as well as parents, SEN advisor, wellbeing mentor, behaviour specialist… and then some since funding is being withdrawn from so many departments that directly affect children and how they can and will cope in school – I hate to think of some of our kids not being able to come in since for some, we might be the only safe place for them or the guarantee of at least one hot meal a day. And it’s not only the kids. There are families who would have to go without a day’s pay in this current economic climate to be at home with their young children… It’s a double edged sword…
  • If we were having chai, I’d mention that I feel blessed after a lovely Mother’s Day, where I was spoilt rotten by the kids and Hubby Dearest. We didn’t go out for dinner or anything as there is still someone with a tummy bug in the family… not me, but still, we enjoyed time together.
  • If we were having chai, I’d brag about my new Lego Orchid, that Lil Princess and I put together! Isn’t it great? I love orchids, but can never keep them alive, or get them to bloom again, so this is the best solution! It is now on my desk in my writing room! And I have a second Flower Bouquet set to make, too!
  • If we were having chai, I would give you another snippet of Sonu Singh! It was his 9th Gotcha Day with us. I can’t believe it’s been nine years already. I don’t know what life would be like without him here…
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This week my kids get an extra day off on Monday as their staff have a training day. I’ll be in all week, though, finishing off Performance Management reviews, as well as data. I think, teaching-wise, it is a pretty ‘normal’ week (Hope I haven’t spoken too soon!) And then early on Sunday morning the clocks ‘spring forward’ meaning an hour less in bed, but blissfully lighter evenings will be upon us!

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Spidey’s Serene Sunday #419 – Mother’s Day

“If I could be even half the mother you are, Mum, I’d be among the best.”

Ritu Bhathal

It’s Mothering Sunday, Peeps, and I write this as I wait for my family to rise from their slumbers.

While I wait, I want to pay a huge tribute to my mum, a woman who has been through so much in her life, yet ensured she has been there for my brother and I, our whole lives.

She’s nurtured us but not mollycoddled us, kept us from straying off the straight and narrow, but never clipped our wings, taught us to be the adults we are now, she has supported us, and loved us in that unconditional way only a mother can ever do.

Not only that, she is the most amazing grandma (Naani) to Lil Man and Lil Princess, and Daadi to my Finndian nephews.

Love you mum, with all my heart πŸ’–

I can’t forget the other mother figures in my life who have played important roles in my life, too.

My aunts who always looked at me as another daughter, my Ammi, my bestie’s mum, who, when we were at uni, was closer, distance-wise, than my own mum, so would be constantly sending food, and distributing motherly hugs when needed, and my mother-in-law, who gave me the gift of my Hubby Dearest, and who is a wonderful grandma to our children, too.

I hope you’ll take a minute to see the little montage of photos I have put together for my mum. It’s soundtrack is a song called Maavan te Dhiyaan, translating as Mothers and Daughters.


Happy #mothersday to my gorgeous mum. A bit of a song for you, too πŸ’›

♬ Maawan Te Dheeyan – Shaukat Ali

I’d also like to take a moment to remember those for whom Mother’s Day can be tough. Those without a mum, those in the difficult process of trying to become a mum, those grieving a lost angel. There’s a mother inside each of us. Love, strength and prayers to you all. πŸ™πŸ½πŸ’›

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers out there 😊

#SoCS Mar. 18,Β 2023 – T*t Tape

Linda’s SoCS prompt…

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is β€œtape.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Use it any way you like. Enjoy!

You may laugh when you read this. Or cringe and think “Ritu! What are you on?!”

But recently I have been thinking about ‘tit’ tape.

You know, that magical stuff that is supposed to support your girls, and stop them from being exposed in revealing outfits.

I recently watched a video of someone who is advancing in years, using a product rather like ‘tit’ tape, but stronger, and, well more substantial.

Because it’s not just about exposure when you get a little older.

Sagging occurs.

Believe me, I now know.

Because if I put on my dressing gown, and tie the cord around my waist, I have to hike my girls up before I tie it, in case they get caught!

They could definitely do with some of that industrial tape when not encased in their usual brassiere!

I am definitely feeling the bodily effects of age, now!

(Today’s post is one I never thought I would write… That’s the power of SoCS!)

One-Liner Wednesday – Keeping Schtum!

“Sometimes, nothing you say will be the right thing, so best to stay quiet, no matter how hard it is.

Ritu Bhathal

For Linda’s #1LinerWeds

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