365: 21.03.13 #80 The tuff spot (and a little bit of the legacy of Matilda Mae)

I started blogging almost 2 and a half years ago. In that time, I have read some pretty amazing words. I have read words that have spilled onto the page like a tidal wave of emotion, humour, regret, sadness and anxiety. I have read words that have lifted me, inspired me and enlightened me. I have read words that I disagree with, words that I nod along to and words that have bounced around in my head for days afterwards. I have seen pictures and gained glimpes into so many lives, and I have taken inspiration and courage from all of these blogs.

But I haven’t always told the writer that was how I felt.

I leave comments. I try to leave a comment every time I read a blog, in fact, but sometimes life gets in the way. But I do try, now more than ever. I love blogging. I love reading them and I love writing them. I love the community and I love the friends that I’ve made. I will never regret the day I decided to sit down and create Ghostwritermummy. But I will regret other things.

I regret not telling certain bloggers how much their words have impacted me and my life. I have one specific person in mind. A person who I wish I had told how much I enjoy reading their blog. How impressed I was when her Facebook status came up this Christmas with details of the festive sensory box she had created for her baby daughter. How awesome her photos were. How creative her reviews were. How her journey and her incredible experiences of motherhood had moved me to tears more than once…

I never told her. I never actually took the time to sit down and tell her how fantastic I thought her blog was, and how honoured I ought to have been feeling to be allowed a glimpse into her life. I missed out on a friendship that is now very important to me. Which leads me to the title of this post.

365_tuff spot

The tuff spot. The tray that Jennie uses to bring creative and messy play to life. The tray that myself and several other bloggers have been inspired to order this week. The tray that means we will be living out a small piece of Matilda Mae’s legacy each day. We will be playing more. Laughing more. Loving more. Living more. We have been inspired by Jennie and her fantastic blog, her wonderful creativity and her generous spirit. So if you’re reading Jennie, know that the tuff spot is so much more than a cement mixing tray today. It is a symbol of how you have inspired so many of us!

From now on I am going to make sure that I tell more people that I care about them; that they mean something. That’s just a little bit of the legacy of Matilda Mae. I am also going to be blogging a lot more of our sensory play now that we have the ideal tray for it!

If you want to be inspired by Jennie, read her sensory play posts here, here and here. And if you like them, make sure you tell her.

20 Comments

  1. March 21, 2013 / 7:24 pm

    Jennie has inspired me too with her creative play!! I’m off to buy one of these this weekend for my little man to play in! Jennie an Matilda Mae have made me promise myself to have more messy play times with my little boy!

    Xxxx
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      March 22, 2013 / 9:33 am

      Yay! So many of us with tuff spots, we will definitely have to link up!
      xx

  2. March 21, 2013 / 7:35 pm

    This is a wonderful post in so many ways. I will go and order my tuff spot without further delay 🙂
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      March 22, 2013 / 9:34 am

      Yes! Get to B&Q woman!
      xxx

  3. March 21, 2013 / 8:36 pm

    Oh wow – such lovely words. When I started blogging I was concerned only with writing – not with reading – but how that has changed! How could we avoid finding friends when we are learning so much about each others lives. Unlike you I did not read Jennie’s blog in the past – I have Matilda Mae to thank for reading it now. And I will continue to do so, likewise your own. I love blogging – and I love the blogging friendships I am making because of it. Jennie and Matilda Mae have inspired us all to be better mums. What better legacy can a child leave than that? x
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      March 22, 2013 / 9:34 am

      The perfect legacy
      xxx

  4. March 21, 2013 / 9:14 pm

    Exactly what you said! I am just about to order the same tray, having seen it on Jennie’s blog last week with the porridge sensory play. I assumed it was some kind of special tray for children but no, Jennie’s creativity surpasses what is actually out there and transforms a cement mixing tray into the perfect space for children to play in. I know that I will play with my children so much more now, more frequently and more completely with both eyes and both ears, with my head, my heart, my everything (instead of one eye on the time and one online) and that change in me is down to Jennie and Matilda Mae.

    I love my children with all my heart, but I suppose I have previously taken them for granted, unintentionally. Always believing that I can take five minutes out to check my emails or phone a friend because we can play later. There’s always tomorrow.

    What I have learnt now, beyond any doubt, is that there is not always tomorrow.

    There is only definitely today, NOW.

    Thank you, Jennie, and thank you, Susanne, for putting all of my thoughts in a far better order than I could ever manage xxx
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      March 22, 2013 / 9:33 am

      I read this comment last night but couldn’t reply as I was on my phone. Thank you so much! I too have made so many changes since Jennie lost her beautiful daughter. I know it is nowhere near enough comfort for her, but I hope that Jennie will one day see the enormity of Matilda Mae’s legacy.
      xxx

  5. March 21, 2013 / 9:18 pm

    What a lovely post! I have to admit that i am the worst for reading blogs and not having the time to even say hi… so hello! Jennie, has inspired me too, to write a mummy blog, to be a great hands on mum, to play all day with my little boy and enjoy every precious moment. You have also inspired me, i can not wait to mix some flour with baby oil and get messy as soon as my little boy is feeling a bit better (it’s just teething – nothing serious).

    Since starting blogging, which was only recently, i already feel part of this wonderful community, so thank you for letting me join in x

    • ghostwritermummy
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      March 22, 2013 / 9:32 am

      Hello! Please do send me a link to your blog 🙂
      xx

    • ghostwritermummy
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      March 22, 2013 / 9:31 am

      I love that- sums it up perfectly 🙂
      xx

  6. Gemma Davies
    March 22, 2013 / 8:51 am

    Wonderful words from one amazing writer to another. Xxx

    • ghostwritermummy
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      March 22, 2013 / 9:31 am

      Thank you for the lovely comment 🙂
      xx

  7. March 22, 2013 / 9:24 pm

    What a beautiful post. I started blogging quite recently and never expected to learn so much from a group of diverse and fantastic people. It really has been eye opening. This tuff spot tray is a brilliant idea, and on my to do list this weekend. x
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      March 23, 2013 / 7:16 am

      The community is amazing. I’d love to see what you come up with when you get your tuff spot!
      xx

  8. April 10, 2013 / 7:55 am

    As ever this is a beautiful post. My blog is new but I’ve followed many of you bloggers for some time. The tuff spot is a fabulous idea, I can’t wait to receive ours. Matilda Mae is certainly a very loved little girl and what a wonderful impact she has had on so many mummies xxx
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      April 10, 2013 / 8:30 pm

      Matilda Mae’s legacy is amazing! I can’t wait to see what you do with your tuff spot!
      xx

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