Turning a Bad Day Around

Today was just one of those days. My inbox seemed filled with messages from people determined to see the worst in everything. I don’t deal well with that sort of thing, generally – I find it boring, frustrating and infuriating in equal measure.

So, sulking, I finished work early and went to collect Flea and her best friend from school. We didn’t do anything special, a trip to the park, a walk, a picnic, then to the beach to enjoy the last drops of sunshine.

But it’s weird, isn’t it? Sometimes just watching your child reminds you of stuff you hadn’t realised you’d forgotten. Especially about how to have fun.

If in doubt, climb something.

Outside is always better than inside.

Nothing beats a hug from your best friend.

Don’t take life too seriously.

Remember to feel the sand between your toes once in a while.

Always make time to play.

Keep your eyes open, or you might miss something cool.

When in doubt, climb some more.


As we walked home along the beach, Flea and her best friend behind me, I heard Flea say to her friend, “Oh honestly, don’t you know grazed knees are just the sign of a good day?” 

And I thought to myself – that kid’s smarter than me, sometimes. 




Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. 25th May 2012 / 8:28 pm

    I love this post. FOREVER. I need Flea to come to my house and give me pep talks.

    • 26th May 2012 / 7:32 pm

      I think £50/hour is a fair rate. Can you collect? Only I’m not sure the Post Office would approve of Flea in a Box.

  2. 25th May 2012 / 8:28 pm

    Looks like it was a great afternoon. Lovely photo’s too, I wish we lived near the beach! x

    • 26th May 2012 / 7:32 pm

      Thanks – I can’t imagine not living near the sea!

    • 26th May 2012 / 7:33 pm

      Well, she’s smarter all the time, but I taught her all she knows…

  3. FeeHorne
    25th May 2012 / 10:31 pm

    I’m with Kat. Can you work out how to clone Flea so we can all have a share in her.
    Fab post, love it, love it, love it!

    • 26th May 2012 / 7:33 pm

      Thanks Fee. If I knew how to clone her, I might have had two!

    • 26th May 2012 / 7:33 pm

      Thanks Mich x

  4. purplemum
    26th May 2012 / 8:45 am

    Lovely pictures. I find if I let go of the world (and it’s infuriating amount of mediocrity) and just be with my children, as in fully present, I feel much better.

    • 26th May 2012 / 7:34 pm

      Yes, being present in the moment – it’s about getting rid of that mental and emotional clutter, sometimes, isn’t it?

    • 26th May 2012 / 7:34 pm

      Definitely, I feel very blessed indeed 🙂

    • 26th May 2012 / 7:34 pm

      It is a fine motto, isn’t it?

  5. 26th May 2012 / 11:41 am

    I really think you can learn almost as much from your kids as they can from you. And I’m not just talking about the technology they’ll have to explain to us when we’re older. It is the stopping to take time to look at and engage with nature, having few inhibitions and just not worrying about life.
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    • 26th May 2012 / 7:34 pm

      Absolutely agree – although I dress better. Obviously.

    • 26th May 2012 / 7:35 pm

      We did! Thanks.

  6. Domestic Goddesque
    26th May 2012 / 4:03 pm

    Sometimes?? I absolutely love Flea’s face when she’s hugging her friend. It actually brings a tear to my eye to see that kind of joy. Hope you feel a bit brighter now.

    • 26th May 2012 / 7:35 pm

      I know, right? It’s such a typically Flea face, I love that picture

  7. 26th May 2012 / 6:51 pm

    What a great post. I absolutely love the photographs.
    And when I move I am officially moving nearer the coast. I want to be able to pop to the beach for an afternoon pick me up and a play in the sand. X
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    • 26th May 2012 / 7:35 pm

      Oh yes, you should move near the sea. Everyone should basically. Very good for the soul.

    • 26th May 2012 / 7:35 pm

      IT’s the perfect place to end a sunny day, I think 🙂

  8. 26th May 2012 / 7:32 pm

    Thanks CJ – it definitely was a lovely way to blow those cobwebs!

  9. 26th May 2012 / 7:33 pm

    So very lucky – such a nice place for the kids to run off energy, too.

  10. Sian
    26th May 2012 / 7:39 pm

    Beautiful pics Sally.

  11. 26th May 2012 / 8:53 pm

    Am feeling a bit stunned by this. Your daughter dispenses wisdom and I, today, learn from my mum who is 78. My dad is ill. I have been wallowing a bit. She said to me “It’s about what he can do, not what he can’t. It’s about how good a time we can have together today and tomorrow.”
    Flea’s measure of a good day is a great one.
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  12. claire Toplis
    27th May 2012 / 8:10 pm

    Awwh I want to be a kid again and throw away my inhibitions!

  13. Han
    28th May 2012 / 1:18 pm

    Hugs from my best friend always make me feel better. I had a falling out with my OH on Saturday at a quiz we were presenting and my best friends walked through the door as I was pulling myself together – my Bestie signed (well it was more like mime rather than sign) that “Had I been crying?” (index finger from your eye running down your face like a tear with a sad/bottom lip out face) and I nodded. They disappeared upstairs while I chatted to other people who had arrived.

    I wandered upstairs as they were wandering back downstairs and gave me a hug. 3 of us crammed in the stairwell at The Fountain it was awesome lol.

    I ran round a field yesterday with no shoes on – I loved it!