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June 2015
Short story competition 2015

“You love them a little more when they’re asleep.”*

When my boys are asleep often feels like the only quiet time in our house. And it’s not like they’re babies or toddlers now – or noisy preschoolers asking non-stop questions. They are 10 and 13 and the age of bickering has begun with a vengeance. I might have thought it was bad at four and seven, but that’s nothing to what life is like now. Sometimes it’s a warzone but on rare occasions they’re each busy in their own little worlds and I can take a breath. I know it won’t last, but those minutes – along with the night-time hours – give me pause to recharge my batteries for the long haul that will be adolescence. It’s a new journey every day – and I still cherish it.

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* © Mother Wisdom, For Mothers By Mothers, Susie Cameron & Katrina Crook

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