Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Certificates, cash and conkers.



I admit to hitting 'New Post' and wondering what I was actually going to write...which is why I am rambling like this I suppose!


I received my 'Certificate of Competance' from the Writers' Bureau this morning which was lovely. Sadly, it hasn't inspired me to get much done today as I've wasted most of my morning on Facebook :( I never learn! I've got nothing worthwhile done in terms of writing or cleaning so far...and yet here I am typing this. Is there no hope for me?


I also received details in the post from Action Aid, a child sponsorship charity. I'm in a quandary now and almost wishing I hadn't requested details at all. Bottom line is that I have always planned to sponsor a child. But money is tight, I know I have more than these children do and for that I am forver grateful, but still there's is veyr little leaway between what goes into the bank and what comes out. This information this morning was very specific, complete with a photo of the child who needs a sponsor, his name, his details and an address where I can write to him. But there is still the issue of the finances. I don't know what to do now. Can I not sponsor him and justify that decision or do I fill out the form knowing that it may make things more difficult for us at home...and yet even as I write that I realise we will never know the difficulties that this little boy faces every day.


I don't know which way we will go. I will talk it over with SLA later on and take it from there.


After school I'm taking the Bean into town today - we're going to have a mooch around the shops and go looking for conkers under the trees near the library - I love Autumn!!!

7 comments:

Debs said...

I used to sponsor a child with World Vision but when I got divorced and my situation changed, I had to cancel it, which was a shame but I hope to start again at some point in the future.

Sunshine said...

Conkers...Conkers...what is a Conker??? ;D

I mean, I see it up there, but what part are you planning on eating? Is it like a pikey (a word my daughters have invented) coconut? Tee hee...

Even your rambles are entertaining. Dang girl.

Tiffiney said...

I am the same way..have to much to do and here I sit reading blogs, messing on myspace, facebook and chatting with hubby on email...lol...I always wanted to sponsor a child myself and I would love to adopt..but we are the same..money is sooo tight...makes me sad I cannot help anyone right now..we have to many mouths to feed...

Mummy said...

Debs - I can imagine cancelling was hard but when things are tight, needs must. I've decided not to go ahead for the time being. I just can't stretch to it at the moment.

Sunshine - you don't eat conkers!! OW!! They are rock solid and are the 'fruit' of oak trees (now I've said that I'm wondering if it's right....lol) Boys love to play with them by putting a string through them and hitting one conker onto another...the conker that stays intact longest is the winner! Doesn't happen as much as it did 20 years or so ago though.....

Tiffiney - I think typing this blog this morning put some dynamite behind me since I did an hour and a half of house work afterwards! It's spotless .....well, nearly....AND I changed the bed, my worst job! Whoooo!!!

Suzie said...

Acorns come off oak trees, hehe. Conkers come off Horse Chestnut trees. You're a nutter hehe, but a lovable one!

I think with the sponsorship you have to see that charity begins at home and you have your own son to look after. Painful as it is, you have to let go of the sponsorship thing for now. It is a marketing tactic to send you pictures. They know it is harder to walk away from a real child than a paper asking for money.

Chat soon!

Suzie xx

Mummy said...

Thanks Suzie - the stuff is in the envelope to send back so that they can send it out to someone else. We've arranged to donate a smaller amount of money each month to a school in South Africa that has links to my hubby's school.. A lot more affordable for now but still with the feel good factor. x

Mummy said...

And DOH! with the conkers! I bow to your greater knowledge of all things tree :)