April 26, 2014

Sneak Peek: Downton Abbey Season 5

Downton Abbey ended its fourth series pleasantly, rather than dramatically. But now the cast are back in the village of Bampton in Oxfordshire filming exterior shots for the forthcoming new series which will hit ITV in the autumn.

He was heartbroken when his wife, Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) died in childbirth two years ago, but Tom Branson (Allen Leech) looks like he's formed a new strong bond in Downton Abbey.
The popular character could be seen paying governess, Sarah Bunting (Daisy Lewis) a visit as he filmed scenes for season five of Downton Abbey in Bamford, Oxfordshire on Friday.

April 18, 2014

I am Guilty and I have a Confession to Make

The first time it happened was just over 20 years ago.   
I was frustrated with my child and spoke in anger.
The words flew out of my mouth and within seconds of leaving my lips I realized the inevitable had happened.  
I sounded just like my mother.  

I stood there feeling like I had just been jolted into some strange alternate universe where parents find themselves saying something they swore long ago that they would never say.  It's a promise many of us make, long before we actually become Mothers and Fathers.  Back when parenting seemed so simple.  It was gut wrenching guilt that swept over me.  Minutes later I was apologizing to my children and making a new promise - this time to myself.  I promised to hold my tongue and remember what it is like to walk in another's footsteps before I spoke.  
You know, walk a mile in their shoes....

A few weeks ago I broke that promise and once again, I felt instant guilt wash over me.  

Yes.  Sometimes, I have a problem wearing unfamiliar shoes.

I had come home from a 12 hour day at work to find the house an even bigger wreck than I had expected.  I didn't stop to ask how my husbands day was or notice the three piles of washed and folded laundry sitting on the sofa.  I didn't know my sons had both worked late and that although my husband had worked late as well, he had still managed to make a great dinner for our family.  

Tired and frustrated, I let angry words flew out of my mouth. 
"Look at this place! Have you guys done nothing today?"

Once again, I was instantly horrified.  Well, not instantly... but within a few minutes.  It was during those few minutes, while walking to my bedroom that I thought how seriously ticked off I would have been if the roles had been reversed and my husband had said that to me.  I had forgotten my promise to walk in another's shoes before I spoke.  

So there I was, 20 years later - and here I am now...apologizing again.  
Apologizing and being forever thankful that I married a guy who loves me and forgives easily...

no matter what shoes I am wearing.