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How to Cope with 'Occasions'

Bubbling sound and strong aroma of coffee signifies my morning cup of life-saving juice is ready - it's 6.15 am; I'm bleary-eyed, have not slept well and my cat won't leave me alone till he's fed - circling my cold feet and (although I didn't) I just want to kick him sky high and shout 'GIVE ME A MINUTEEEEEEE!!!!'
It's been an emotional roller-coaster of a week; our youngest had a 'taster day' at big school, our oldest girl turned 14, and it was father's day too to boot. Several significant life events happening all in one week.
Father's day, and sea air brushes our faces. Huddling close, the kids, Alex and I stroll along the promenade. Lola has taken charge of pushing her dad in the wheelchair (she usually does, I think it's her way of connecting and looking after her dad), Esmie sits on his lap cuddling him to warm him up. They sporadically describe a scene to him - a seagull pooing mid flight, a child crying - 'don't worr…

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