A Problem With Purple!
How time flies ...
Posted on: 13/03/2014 By: Samantha Davey
My daughter (age 14 going on 20) came to me the other day to ask if she could dye her gorgeous, shiny, honey coloured hair dark purple. Once she'd peeled me from the ceiling and calmed me down with a few cups of hot, sweet tea I told her I would think about it and let her know in a day or so ...
My daughters request made me realise how quickly they grow up! Why didn't I cherish the time I had with both my children more when they were smaller?
Later that day, as I wandered into her bedroom through a choking cloud of the latest over-priced Eau-de-Beyonce's something or other, it suddenly hit me how quickly she'd grown up. I seemed to have missed the process almost entirely over the last 10 years or so.
It seems only yesterday that I was dragging her kicking and screaming into the bathroom in the vain hope that I could get a damp flannel over her muddy face. She'd go into fits of hysteria if I even showed her the hairbrush, let alone attempted to put it near her head.
But now, what was once a bedroom full of fluffy toys, pots of sparkles and glue, the odd squashed worm & half eaten soggy jam sandwich (don't ask!) was now full of hair straighteners, eyelash curlers & more make-up than the Maybelline counter at Boots!
How did I miss all this? And why didn't I cherish the time I had with both my children more when they were smaller? I should have been playing marbles with my son, instead of losing mine at all the mess he'd made. And I should have been splashing with them in the paddling pool on all those sunny, summer afternoons, instead of fighting my way around the supermarket; or hoovering, or ironing, or one of the other less important but oh so necessary things that I was doing at the time.
"They say time flies when you're having fun, but it also flies when you're stressed and frazzled, trying to fit a dozen things into every day."
In the rush, it's so easy forget what's important - that your children are one of the greatest gifts you've been given, that they grow up incredibly quickly and that you need to cherish every moment with them that you can.
So, Mums & Dads, Grannies & Grandpas, Aunts & Uncles ... put down that duster, switch off the vacuum cleaner & get out in that paddling pool before it's too late!
And if you want someone else to do those jobs for you, you only have to pick up the phone to Extra Help. We're here to provide a helping hand when you need it, so you can get on with the more important things in life knowing that everything else is taken care of.
If you're in North Kent then call me, Sam Davey, on 0845 375 1629 or click here to send over an email and I'll get right back to you.
And as for the purple hair? Maybe next year!
Until next time ...
EXTRA HELP NORTH KENT
Hello all, my name is Sam Davey and I've just taken on the North Kent branch of Extra Help. I'm married with two children (14 and 18) and live in Rochester, Kent. I've spent the last 7 years working as PR, Communications & Customer Relations advisor for an engineering company which designs and builds water treatment plants in the South East of England. But, facing 50 and redundancy, I decided last year to reassess what I really wanted to do with my life.
Having pulled out halfway through a Maths degree in my 20s, I'd spent the first 10 years or so of my career working in the Financial Services industry in London, so I knew I had good head for business, but I also have a passion for helping people. I juggled various jobs whilst my children were small including working as a school librarian and then a classroom assistant for visually impaired children. But as my own children become less dependent on me, I’m ready for something more challenging.
Growing up in a large, working class family in London's East End, being a good neighbour and looking out for each other was part & parcel of everyday life, and that sense of community is still really important to me, even though I left London for Kent when my children were small. As soon as I stumbled upon Extra Help, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for; the challenge and flexibility of running a business that I can fit around my family, with the bonus that I get to work within my local community, helping those in need and providing much needed employment.
The training & support I've received so far has been brilliant and I've just signed up my first client, so I'm already off the starting blocks! I'm incredibly excited to be part of such a great team and hope to meet you all soon.