On Mothering Sunday* my husband nervously smiled as he handed me a gift bag**. Inside was a book with a jarring title of, "How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids", making me think divorce papers might be included inside scribed with ‘or else’ in red sharpie.
I have brought back my Sanity Savers for this book by Jancee Dunn.
Many nights I spent giggling, mmm-hmmming and quoting aloud to my other half***. Being an anxious person, a new parent, stay-at-home parent and an expat parent are all very isolating in their own right. Living as all three, has been very exhaustingly lonely journey but while reading “HNtHYHAK” it less so. As if I was having a good natter with someone who “gets it” and has done thorough research as they are struggling themselves. Relationships are complex and under the pressures of child rearing we tend to turn on those closest to us (eventually turning away from each other).
The cover says it all, Dunn is an upfront, honest, funny and brilliant writer. I recommend “How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids” to anyone in a couple who may be considering children****, creating children or maintaining children.
*yes, I greedily celebrate both UK and International Mother's Days
**yes, I am super hard to shop for
***yes, he is proud he got a gift I enjoy, really, I am the worst
****looking at you, little sister
October's Sanity Saver is a savoury little ocular treat! Les Grandes, Grandes Vacances is an animated series found on Netflix but originally aired for France 3. It is about a group of children in a small town in France set before, during and after World War II.
The story focuses mainly on one Parisian family, as the father sets off to join the French resistance, the mother goes to Switzerland to recover from illness and the children are sent to live with their grandparents in the country.
It is a griping story with beautiful animation showing WWII from children's eyes. My daughter may not yet be interested in television but I am excited to show this to her once she is.
Check it out (showing on UK Netflix now).
September's Sanity Saver (say that three times fast) is a collection of interwoven stories we have recently brought into our home.
''Building Stories'' by Chris Ware comes in a board game sized box and is filled with a variety of graphic novels. Each one telling a story that is weaves into the next through different comic methods.
These stories really sucker punched me. I am all for getting lost into story-lines and drifting away but this was ridiculous. The thoughts, ideas and even occurrences correlating to the characters, particular that of the main protagonist (of course), really got to me. I have either experienced or had these very same thoughts - and I have a feeling you have too.
It's art. It's universal stories. It's an inventive masterpiece.
I loved them. But don't listen to me as I cannot do it justice - check it out for yourself.
Not an instructional blog but the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth - so help me Mom.