We are very lucky to have two fantastic Children’s Centres here. Now Monkey is at pre-school we don’t get to use them so much, but what a godsend they’ve been in the past!
We went to a lot of their Stay and Play sessions from birth onwards, and I was lucky enough to get a place for Monkey at their ‘Take a Break’ crèche for a while. You can’t believe how wonderful a two-hour ‘break’ once a week can be. My husband works unbelievably long hours, so I have done much of the parenting single handed since Monkey was born, and getting this little break, saved my sanity at the time. It also showed Monkey that he could be ‘unattached’ from Mummy for a little while and enjoy the experience too.
So, when the chance came to be involved in a craft course last May at the Children’s Centre I was there. Monkey got looked after in the crèche for a couple of hours, once a week, and I got to meet some Mum’s and do something creative. I didn’t know what we were actually going to do until the first session started.
There were seven of us and our tutor. She told us that her idea was to make a patchwork wall hanging for the Centre (the two Centre’s would take turns in hanging it) – what a great idea! I loved the idea of giving something back to the Centres’ who had helped us so much. I’d never done any patchwork before so would learn a new skill. There were some experienced sewers in the group, me – more of a cross stitcher, and a couple who had done no sewing before at all. When we were shown the plan, I don’t think any of us thought it could be done in four weeks, in the end it took five sessions, with some work at home, but we all pulled together and had a great time. The time just flew by, we helped each other out and gave encouragement when needed. I for one, really enjoyed the experience. I can’t explain the sense of achievement we all felt when we saw the completed hanging – amazing! We had all had a part to play in something for the future. We had our names sewn on the back for prosperity 🙂 I should add that this was pretty much all done BY HAND!