Events unfold and your heart takes pictures…

I was recently chatting to a fellow blogger about the children and young adults that have created memories for us. Many years ago she and I both wished for large families but life had other ideas and we have both been blessed with one. Our deep wishes were heard though and other folk’s children have brought their special magic into our lives with my heart taking many pictures and this conversation brought a fair few of them to mind again.

Em’s birthday is in February and it’s always freezing or wet and windy. Her happiest parties have been the ones held at home and I have many heart pictures of little ones in macs and wellies running around the garden and the fields at the back of our former home on hilarious treasure hunts devised by Em’s Dad.

As they all started to grow up ambitious painting parties were held and jubilant children would return home with carefully crafted mugs or plates and the boys (without fail) would hit the red paint pot as blood was a major topic of interest at the time!

When they were all sixteen and had attended their ‘Prom’ dance a large number managed to spend the night here on blow-up matresses in the front room. Two distinct heart pictures from that night….one – when I came downstairs at about 2.30am there was a line of perfectly arranged shoes and high heels right down the hallway and two – as I entered the front room and smiled lovingly at them all the conversation went something like this…a very well brought-up young man ‘Ohhh Jane I’m sorry did we wake you up?’, Me…’No Darling, I haven’t been to sleep yet so if you could keep it down to a dull roar for about half an hour I might manage to drop off’.

Last year Em and I decided to hold her belated eighteenth party in the summer as many of her friends were leaving for University and it would be some time before we were all together in the same place again. The unanimous decision amoungst them all was for one of our ‘at home’ parties. They are young adults now but we had all the usual party food with games and they loved it – balloons everywhere. My heart took many pictures that night and yes gang, when we were playing the name game where the final round is miming – I did see those hand gestures!


31 Responses to “Events unfold and your heart takes pictures…”

  1. 1 David Halliday February 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    lots of home movies… boy, things move along quickly


  2. 3 granbee February 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Jane, we always thought we raised half the kids in school with my own two as they grew up, so often were gangs of them over there, cooking and sleeping and tapping at the computer and touchfootballing in the backyard,if not challenging wild acts on the trampoline and from the treehouse rope, etc. Immreplaceable memories, right? Thanks so much for triggering all these balloons of happiness in my head right now!


  3. 5 lostupabove February 2, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Hello sweetie,

    Want to have a good laugh? Look at this:
    Mind you: ce n’est pas moi!!!; Or to quote officer Crabtree: “I was just pissing by”


    • 6 Jane Thorne February 2, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Hi Steph that’s funny…’Do you wark for the British Ontelligence?’…love and hugs to you Jane xx


      • 7 lostupabove February 2, 2012 at 10:35 am

        “Listen very carfeully I vill only say zis once. I vork for ze résistance. Wif a French mummy it is normale”.
        Amour et un grand bisou.:-)
        Steph alias Michelle


  4. 11 1smiles February 2, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Your warmth and loving heart ring forth in this post. You have such a gift for creatively shaing your love with, well.. everyone! Your daughter is one very special and lucky girl to have your as her mother.
    Much Love and Many Hugs!


  5. 13 thomag1 February 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    ‘heart’ pictures are what keep us going….nice post, Jane


  6. 15 elenacaravela February 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Lovely post. I absolutely love your title. Happy birthday to Em.


    • 16 Jane Thorne February 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Thanks Elena…it’s on the 15th and I still need to ask her what she fancies doing this year! She’s off to Uni in Sept. and life will certainly change around here after that…we are planning girlie Saturday lunches and catch-up days!..take care, Jane x


    • 17 Jane Thorne February 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Thanks Elena…it’s on the 15th and I still need to ask her what she fancies doing this year! She’s off to Uni in Sept. and life will certainly change around here after that…we are planning girlie Saturday lunches and catch-up days!..take care, Jane x


  7. 18 Eric Alagan February 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Hmmm, beautiful and warm. If I were a scriptwriter of your life, I’ll insert this:

    God: So, what have you brought me?

    JT: My heartful of memories and all thanks to You, My Lord.

    God: Better than gold and conquests. My children are blessed to have supped at your table, shared your warmth and slept under your roof. This is well done of you…my child.


  8. 20 Grandfathersky February 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    No one can tell, not even the poet, how much the heart can hold – Zelda Fitzgerald


  9. 22 Granny Trish February 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Dearheart, Your inventive parties are an inspiration to us all. Wonderful ideas for everyone stratching their head for winter birthdays. Yours, of course, had all the Christmas trimmings – do you remember Granny Thorne getting you all to slide down the banisters. She was in her eighties and organising the games.
    Love Granny Trishx


    • 23 Jane Thorne February 1, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      Good morning Mum, yes I remember those parties with you and Granny Thorne clearly…she had such a wonderful imagination as do you. You have held some lovely parties for us all and for Emily – weren’t we blessed to have so much time with Granny? – love you J xxxxxx biggest hugs


  10. 24 journeyintopoetry February 1, 2012 at 10:09 am

    This is great Jane and brings back so many great party memories for me!

    We have a coal fire and I remember one 9 year old boy who threw a crisp packet onto it. He was so excited by the result of this he spent the rest of the party asking for “any more stuff to throw on”! The games and prizes went straight past him!!! LOL 🙂

    Thanks for the memories!


    Christine xx


  11. 28 maturestudenthanginginthere February 1, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Yes Jane the universe does deliver us our large families. Just not in the way we expect it, and our heart pictures stay with us forever. Lovely post.


  12. 30 lostupabove February 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

    What a heart warming, lovely memory that is, sweet Jane. Loved reading it. Would even make want to have a daughter. Love Steph xxx


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