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This is not your typical birthday post
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Dear Max Many birthday posts have similar themes: “What I learnt in my 30s”, “40 things to do before I’m 40”, “40 things I want to do in my 40s”, “A letter from my 40-year-old self to my 20-year-old self”, or “30 things I know in my 30s that I didn’t know in my 30s”. Me, I just want to mention random and more...

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What I adore about Paris
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Dear Max If there is a place that makes my heart go aflutter, and where every of its corners interests me and gladdens my senses, it’s Paris. I think I loved it before I even when there when I was 18, and if there’s a place that doesn’t tire me or lose flavour, it’s Paris. It’s the most visited city in the world, which...

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Why I will probably always cry on your first day of school
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Dear Max Yesterday you started grade one, and much like every school start day, there were tears. From me. In fact, on most significant school days (graduation, plays, sports) I’m left with tear-soaked cheeks, snotty tissues and a gratitude for waterproof mascara because there’s something so pride-worthy and contentment-building about seeing your child happy, active, progressive and learning. So why do I still get...

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We want a camping… sort of. In our garden.
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Dear Max Towards the time of Chanukah/Christmas gift buying last year, you started speaking about a tent as a gift, and wanting to go camping. My camping days are over, and these days, I like my amenities close at hand (ablutions, wifi, kettle etc). Still, I thought a tent could be something cool – for sleepovers in our garden, and camping elsewhere with other...

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You, on holiday
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Dear Max This isn’t a post about how wonderful our holiday was (which it really was), and how much we kicked back, had fun and filled our days with virtually no agendas or stresses. Rather, I thought I’d give you a little breakdown on what you got up to on holiday, what you loved, and what made you laugh. It’s a travel journal of...

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And this is my wish for my life in 2016  (and forever)
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Dear Max Forget thinner thighs, better lifestyle habits and a better work-home balance (even though I will mostly still strive for those)… this is what I want for myself. The poet Mary Oliver put it like this: “When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms....

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Here comes the bride… almost
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Dear Max While writing this, I’m in the hairdresser getting baby lights, and if you had to see me you’d probably chuckle – I have bits of foil all over my head while my hair gets a new lease of life, or light. The next time I come here it will be on the day of the wedding, which is exciting and terrifying. I’m not...

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Brilliant advice, from someone much smarter than me
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Dear Max I came across this post on Facebook, written by UK writer and journalist Caitlin Moran, which was originally published in The Times. It’s called “Posthumous advice for my daughter” and when I read it I laughed, had tears well up, and felt a bit moved. It’s brilliant, and I had to share: “Look – here are a couple of things I’ve learnt on...

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A little catch-up (and no, I won’t glorify being busy)
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Dear Max Let me start by saying that my last month has been challenging, full (I hate using the word “busy” as everyone is actually busy), exciting, tiring and full of much-needed lessons. During the last month, you have learnt to read, danced your heart out to Gangnam Style regularly, and hosted your aunt Carla at Grandparents Day (or in our case, Special People...

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14 words that made me the happiest mom ever
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Dear Max Last week you got your first reading assignment for home, which I had sign for (ie sign that you had done the assignment). On a Thursday night, you flipped open a thin reading book, and lo and behold, you read it! You read short sentences, and every word (around 14 of them). And it didn’t matter that there was no plot, conclusion...

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Some things just have no explanation
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Dear Max Three weeks ago I went to the funeral of a seven-year-old, the daughter of a friend of mine. She had been in hospital for more than eight months after an operation to remove a brain tumour. I found out she was ill one day in January when I went to the hospital to visit my mom after one of her seizures, and...

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A wonderful 6th birthday party
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Dear Max After almost 365 days of talking about your sixth birthday party, it happened, with a Skylanders theme (a huge thanks to Megarom who sent us a Skylanders party box a few months ago with decor and accessories, without even knowing that you had decided on a Skylanders-themed party in October). Your party was at Mozambik, which we both loved as a party...

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This day in history… 22 September
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Dear Max, On this day, 22 September, Baywatch debuted on TV (1989), California University made the Dead Sea Scrolls public (1991), Elton John released the Diana tribute Candle in the Wind (1997), the first episode of Friends aired, the West Wing debuted (1999), and NASA’s Maven space probe successfully arrived in orbit over Mars (2014). On this day, 22 September, you were born (2009),...

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From Croatia, with love
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Dear Max Two LEGO sets, three little aeroplane models and lots of Kinder chocolate later, I’m back from a stellar holiday in Croatia with Andrew and his family. It was the longest I’ve ever been apart from you, and in that fortunate-unfortunate way, the holiday flew by, which made my longing time for you and your little-big hugs more manageable. When we’re apart, usually...

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I’m sorry that I’m always sorry
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Dear Max Last week I was giving you cough medicine and I spilt some on your shirt. I said sorry, as I was sorry, but then I said sorry two more times, just to make sure that you knew I meant it, or to overcompensate, I guess. You said: “Mom, you don’t need to apologise” which was not only a sweet thing to say,...

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The kids who had me in tears this week
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Dear Max There are days I want more stuff, more travels, more everything. I want bigger stuff (though always a smaller waistline and thighs), and I want what other people have that I don’t (which, if I think about, is not a lot). Then along comes an experience or moment when I’m proverbially slapped in the face, and get embarrassed and ashamed for even...

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The biggest competitions are off the field
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Dear Max The thing I love about longer-distance running and the pace I run, I guess, is that the only competition I really have is between myself and my head/body, and the clock as I try to beat it. It’s hard for everyone, and everyone just gets through it. Life however, is a different story. It feels like there’s always a different chapter on...

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