2nd January 2013 – and turning 20

“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centred;

Forgive them anyway.  

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;

Be kind anyway.   

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;

Be successful anyway.  

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;

Be honest and frank anyway.  

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;

Build anyway.                           

If you find serenity and happiness they may be jealous;

Be happy anyway.  

The ‘good’ you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;

Do ‘good’ anyway.  

Give the world the best you have, it may never be enough;

Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.  

You see in the final analysis, it’s between you and God;

It was never between you and them anyway.”

Mother Teresa

I can’t believe I’ve been alive and on this planet for two whole decades. In my mind I’m still just a little child, not the grown up the rest of the world perceives me to be. This quote is one that my Dad (being the soppy person he is) put inside in birthday card on my 18th birthday. I think that whether you believe in God or not the rest of what it written stands true. It is difficult to be this way and to be able to be so level in spite of what others may think or do, but it’s probably a good outlook to have on life. Here’s to my next 20 years (as long as no one mentions the big four-oh).

30th Octber 2012 – Mum’s birthday and some memories

once we had this chocolate cake for tea
and later I went to bed
but while I was in bed
I found myself waking up
licking my lips
and smiling.
I woke up proper.
‘The chocolate cake.’
It was the first thing
I thought of.”

Michael Rosen

This is a strange thing to quote for a birthday, but I remember my mother’s birthday 14 years ago – mainly because she spent it in hospital having given birth to my sister the day before. We took her a yummy chocolate cake and celebrated with her there. This poem is one we have read and enjoyed a few times too; thinking about it always puts a smile on my face. So gutted I’m not there to celebrate with Mum and my sister, but I’ll see them in a few days!

6th June 2012

“Happiness is having a large, caring, close-knit family in another city.”

George Burns

The Jubilee Weekend was spent at my Nan’s in Yorkshire for her 70th birthday, and it was pretty mad, to say the least. All of my little cousins were there and including myself and my sisters, that made 10 children in the house! (though whether I still count as a child is somewhat debatable!) Nontheless, it was good fun to celebrate together.

6th April 2012

“Why can’t you fly now, mother?” 
“Because I am grown up, dearest. When people grow up they forget the way.” 
“Why do they forget the way?” 
“Because they are no longer gay and innocent and heartless. It is only the gay and innocent and heartless who can fly.” 

J.M Barrie, Peter Pan

Today is my sister’s birthday, she has turned 16. I remember when she was brought home when she was born – I was incredibly jealous of all the attention she was getting haha but it goes to show just how fast time flies. Safe to say that all three of us still act like 5 year olds when we are together 🙂

Happy Birthday Arps x