Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 319 – Time Flies


“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”

Michale Altshuler

Thanks for this, Spidey.

You are so right to point this one out, today.

It’s the last day of our Easter break, and I can’t quite believe how fast the two weeks went.

The first, I pretty much wrote off, what with the grief I was suffering from losing my uncle. It’s still there, of course, but the rawness of his passing was much tougher, especially the lead up to the funeral.

This last week, I had plans.

Aside from ferrying Lil Man to and fron Cricket for six of the seven days, I wanted to start really clearning out the summer house, and attic. We even got a skip ordered.

But, quite obviously, my pilot decided that wasn’t the route to take.

Instead, I still did the ferrying around, but did precisely nothing, clear out, wise!

The truth?

I was exhausted.

Mentally, physically, emotionally.

That meant, to let time fly, and me not do what I had intended, was the best course of action for me.

So, are you a good pilot for your time journey?

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Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 318 – Goodness


“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

Roald Dahl (The Twits)

What a lovely quote, Spidey!

I do love a bit of Dahl wisdom, and this is a wonderful example.

I have always believed this, and I think that the eyes are the window to a person’s soul. So, it’s not just smiles I look at, but the eyes.

It is very hard to hide emotions from eyes, I feel.

A smile can lose it’s shine if it doesn’t reach a person’s eyes. A person can beam at you, flashing their teeth, but if the eyes aren’t twinkling… it makes you stop and think.

Equally, your eyes can give away when you are trying hard to mask a sadness, dissapointment, or even anger.

But, if, ultimately, you are a good person, it emanates from you, exactly like Dahl said.

So, what do you think?

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Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 317 – Loss


“You will always be in my heart… Because in there you’re still alive.

Jamie Cirello

Thank you, Spidey for helping me to find a quote befitting my feelings today.

Yes, across the world, folks will be celebrating Easter, and the ressurrection of Christ, but for me, the day is coloured with a different hue.

You see, yesterday, we lost my uncle.

He’d been battling with the Big C, and the last week, we were all on tenterhooks, knowing that, any day, the phonecall would come, giving us the news we were dreading.

We had time to come to terms with what was imminent, but, let’s be honest, nothing can ever prepare you for the loss.

My uncle, Mamaji, the younger of my mum’s two elder brothers, was a wonderful soul. With his penchant for funny hats, caps, and golf, he was the life and soul of many an occasion.

My biggest regret was that I didn’t get to see him recently. They lived in Kenya, and Australia, and it had been nearly ten years since we last met, physically.

Had this pandemic not hit, his plan had been to come and spend the summer here in the UK, so he could create more memories with us, but the Big C, as well as this awful virus, robbed us of that chance.

Grief is a strange thing. What usually helps us to get through, is the support of others. Right now, however, given lockdowns, and pandemics, my mum can’t fly to be with her family, in Australia, where her nephew and nieces, and sister-in-law, are grieving the loss of their father, and husband. And she can’t even go to Kenya to be with her older brother, so they can grieve together.

What’s even tougher, is that, even though we are in the same country, even we can’t be together, to support one another.

Mamaji, slipped away, surrounded by his immediate family, with his siblings on a video call, with him too.

It makes my heart happy, to know he was with everyone he loved.

And it’s strange, but I wrote a flash fiction piece, just the other day, about someone slipping away. Mum said he looked happy, and finally at peace, as he took those final breaths.

Rest In Peace, Mamaji 🙏🏽💜

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Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 316 – Positive


“It makes a big difference in your life when you stay positive.”

Ellen DeGeneres

Thank you for finding another great quote, Spidey, that really resonates with me.

Firstly, have you felt, recently, that to use the word positive brings up all sorts of negatie connotations, purely because of this pandemic? I almost feel like I shouldn’t say positive, in case some one thinks I am talking about a positve Covid-19 test result, rather than a state of mind!

But, for me, being postive is one of the biggest victories in life.

As long as I can keep that Postive Mental Attitude up, I can make sure that all the bumps life sets in my way can be easily navigated.

I’ve had a fair few bumps over the last year, as well, from work-related stresses, to the house situation, to losing my writing mojo, and that all important biggie that has affected us all, the PANDEMIC!

But, I’m still here, and I’m still smiling through it, finding reasons to be grateful for being where I am.

It’s all about finding that silver lining, isn’t it?

So, do you find it easy to see the positive in all situations?

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Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 315 – Vaccination


“I’d much rather have a vaccine, than this virus.”

Paul A. Volberding MD (And me!)

Thank, Spidey for this reminder, that we have decisions to make.

I, for one, am pro-vaccine, totally.

We teachers, as a profession, were told, categorically, that, despite being in rooms for lengthy periods with large numbers of people, young or old, were not at any higher risk of catching the virus, than others, so, despite being in school throughout lockdown, still having to be with children, and other adults, the virus still posed a huge risk to us.

Yet there was a fear amongst us all.

It has been evident, since schools returned, that children were not as harmless, virus-wise, as the Government led us to believe. (Did we actually believe them?)

From September to December, in our school, and my children’s secondary school, we had several bubbles closing, some more than once, and it was the children who brought the virus in. Maybe they didn’t suffer, but they were the vectors, and this led to several staff getting quite unwell. Nine, over the Christmas holiday, itself.

Vaccinations started, and we weren’t on any priority list.

Then, out of the blue, our school was given an opportunity.

You see, these vaccinations have a shelf-life, and once defrosted, and punctured, the vials have to be used, or thrown away, and it would be criminal to throw this precious vaccine away, knowing how many people want them, and how we are all clamouring to get back onto the road to normality.

So, early in January, before we had even started back at school, (before BoZo, et al, decided that remote learning would be the thing), two schools were contacted, locally, as there was excess vaccines at the end of a session, and, being the weekend, it was almost impossible to get the vaccination to the elderly, who were on the priority list, so, why not offer to a school, who could gather willing and grateful recipients pretty quickly?

I was one of those lucky folk.

But I didn’t shout it out at the time, because I actually felt guilty. I was getting the first shot even ahead of both sets of my parents, who are in their late 60s and 70s. And there are folk out there, who still don’t think school staff really need this protection.

We all queued up, socially distanced, andwaitied patiently, on a Sunday morning. There was even a reporter from that rag, The Sun, waiting with a cameraman, ready to sully the name of schools who had ‘jumped the queue”.

We didn’t talk to him. He tried. “No comment.” (Always wanted to say that!)

Vaccinated, and with my little card to prove it in my hand, I went home. Still a little nervous, but also nervously excited, too.

That reporter?

Oh, he still managed to contact our head. (The poor woman was up to her eyeballs in government legislation, ready for schools starting again, and had to spend the evening wording a press release as to how and why we were offered the vaccine!)

And yes, we were in The Sun, the next day, but instead of being a derogatory tale of undeserving people blagging a quick jab, they congratulated us on being proactive, and showing our willing to do what we can to keep schools open, and protected, so our children won’t, hopefully, have to suffer much more time away from the school buildings.

How was it?

Well, we were given the Pfizer jab, and the rest of the Sunday was fine. I woke on Monday with a slightly achey arm, and felt very tired. Tuesday, though… I had the tiredness, and the HEADACHE from HELL! I had to medicate with strong over-the-counter pills, three times, and it still didn’t shift. The headache was still there on Wednesday, but just a dull ache.

I was thankful that lockdown had started, then, and that I didn’t have to deal with a classful of children, on top of this awful migraine-like pain.

Why am I writing this today?

Because, I will be getting my second jab, today. Then within a few weeks, apparently, my immunity will be at the highest it can be. Of course, nothing totally rids you of the risk of getting the virus, but if I do, it would hopefully be a milder case than if I hadn’t been vaccinated.

But, I am dreading the initial side effects, because I have read that if you suffered from them the first time, it is possible you will feel the same ones again, and they could be more severe!

And I’ll definitely be in school with the children this time, too!

God help me!

But, at least I’ll have had the vaccination!

So, have you had your vaccination, yet?

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