Dorothy: Goodbye, Tinman. Oh, don’t cry! You’ll rust so dreadfully. Here’s your oil can.
Tin Woodsman: Now I know I’ve got a heart, ’cause it’s breaking…
Dorothy: Goodbye, Lion. I know it isn’t right, but I’m going to miss the way you used to hollar for help before you found your courage.
Cowardly Lion: I never would’ve found it if it hadn’t been for you…
Dorothy: [to Scarecrow] I think I’m going to miss you most of all.
Next weekend I won’t be sat at this desk either doing or trying to avoid doing my homework. It will be finished, over. The last 15 months have been amazing, interesting, tough, long, short, exhausting and an education. As well as the work stuff (ref rest of this blog) these are some of the things that have happened.
I started this course with a 1 year old daughter and a 4 year old son, she could barely talk and he couldn’t write, she had daily naps and they both went to bed at 7pm. I now have a three year old daughter who doesn’t stop talking and my son, who can now swim and ride a bike, turns 6 next week. She no longer naps and he goes to bed around 8:30. To all of you who thought I was NUTS doing this when they were so young, as they say on bad American soaps…. “You do the math”!
During these 15 months I visited Corsica, Versailles, Disney Paris and The Kent Vineyards. I have booked trips to The Jura, Italy and Madeira. I went from blonde to brunette, put on 7lbs and lost 6 again. I Ran the furthest I have ever done and even went running with my husband for the first time, ever. I changed teams, changed cars and changed my mind about just about everything, twice. With a few friends, I won quiz night and then had to run the quiz night. I have re-connected with some old friends and neglected some newer ones. We have bought 3 new ipods.
I have shed a few tears and threatened to quit over at least two assignments and had my arse kicked into shape each time by my husband. I have written 21,073 words in 31 posts on this blog and 39,343 words in other assignments.
I have felt guilty about spending money on this course, spending time in the evenings doing this course and spending time in the evenings trying not to do this course. I also felt guilty about not dropping my son to his theatre class as I was doing my homework, asking my gorgeous work friends for yet MORE feedback and for not thanking everyone enough for all the above.
Lots of things have happened, much has changed. The one constant has been my Toto. Thank you x
Dorothy: Oh, but anyway, Toto, we’re home. Home! And this is my room, and you’re all here. And I’m not gonna leave here ever, ever again, because I love you all, and – oh, Auntie Em – there’s no place like home!
(me a drama queen? Oh please)