Sunday, 10 July 2011

Saying "no"

I've been practising saying "no" to things - and although I am not doing great, I have resisted getting involved in something new. The girls are involved in Guides, and this weekend has been a key time that they have been expecting help - the parade on Saturday involved decorating a float in advance, organising costumes, chaperoning the float, and today - dismantling it all. I would have got stuck in, and gladly helped, but I didn't. I deliberated, and then I stood back and let others do it. I have to say that it didn't feel great, and I do feel a bit guilty, but on the other hand, I know that if I give an inch, they will take a mile, and I don't have it to give.
However, I did help with the morning service today, and although there weren't a lot of the usual congregation there today, we had fun with the parable of the sower, and the prayers for Action For Children Sunday. That is a charity associated with the Methodist church, and it does a lot of good work with children and families.

The EFG isn't feeling great, so she and I are having a little Torchwood festival this afternoon, watching some DVDs in preparation for the new series, series 4, which is starting on Thursday evening. To say we are looking forward to it would be an understatement...we have series 1 & 2 on DVD but I wasn't that impressed with series 3 which aired over 5 consecutive nights, so I haven't bought that ("yet" says the EFG). It will be weird to have new characters in this series, as there are only 2 of the original cast members, Jack and Gwen, left. And it seems to be moving to America as well, so that will add interest. Any of you fans?


Lesley said...

Well done! It is so difficult to say "no". Why are we so afflicted with guilt about it? My OH manages it much better than I do. Is it a female thing, or the Protestant work ethic?! We haven't tried Torchwood here, although we love Doctor Who itself and the kids like the Sarah Jane adventures.

Morgan said...

Guilt is a female thing, I am sure! My OH can't see housework at all, but I can't sit in an untidy room - I don't feel that I "deserve" to sit and relax if there is work to be done.

Torchwood is good, but it is an adult spin-off of Doctor Who (and an anagram of the title!) so I'd watch it without the children whilst you decide how suitable it might be for your particular families.