Oh my goodness gracious!

Seriously?!?!?! I had a look at when last I blogged and just shook my head sadly and thought, ”Oh my goodness gracious!” I knew I had been neglecting this side of my soul’s creativity, but didn’t realise how much!

Life happens, and my time gets eaten up by things I have to do, as opposed to things I would rather do. I know I don’t have to apologise for being MIA (if I’ve been missed πŸ˜› ) but it still makes me feel ‘bad’.

The title of this post is my ‘go to statement’, ha ha! I say it a lot, and it’s applied to most things. Sometimes I shorten it to ‘Goodness Gracious’, sometimes I add a ‘Me’ at the end. But it’s all about my tone! I’ll say it sadly if something terrible has happened to someone I know, I’ll say it with a bit of defiance when someone has been wronged, I’ll say it with an excited laugh if it’s something good!

And when it comes to children, I usually express it in an overly exaggerated, animated way in response to them telling me things like, ”And then the cup fell over and there was juice everywhere; and then he found me and it was my turn to get sprayed with the water gun” etc.

My neighbours little boy has just turned eight. I shake my head in disbelief when I see him, and hear him talking, and I wonder where the little 4 month old boy has gone, who once snuggled in my arms (he and his brother are adopted). I spent a lot of time with the two of them in their early years, and so by the time ‘my baby’ was four, he had adopted quite a few little sayings from me! And in true kid tradition where they have their own vocabulary, he would see me and shout, ”Goodness Grapejuice!” πŸ˜‰

Yesterday, I pulled up into my driveway, and the boys were playing in their yard with water toys because it was just so very hot and humid. Their mom called to me, and I went across for a quick driveway chat. She told me a bit of exciting news they had to share, and I responded with an excited tone of my own, ”Oh my….” and there was a little voice that interrupted me, shouting as loud as he could, ”Goodness Grapejuice!” I laughed out loud and saw him roll his eyes and shake his head slowly, so I asked, ”What’s up with you?”
He gave me the most stunning smile and said, ”I’ve been saying it like that forever, and it still makes you laugh. You’re silly!” and then he rushed off to go play with his brother again.

I pondered his words as I prepared for bed last night. I found myself shaking my head and smiling, because once again I was back at, ‘‘it’s the little things that make the biggest difference”!

Please take a moment, pause and think, what little thing from the past still makes you smile? (If you want to share it in the comments, please do!)

Here’s hoping you all have very happy ”Goodness Grapejuice” moments this week! ❀

(off to do what I have to, hopefully this week will present more opportunities for what I want to do πŸ˜‰ )


14 thoughts on “Oh my goodness gracious!

  1. “Goodness Grapejuice” hahaha!!

    Likewise for me with how long it’s been since I last read your blog. Your blog makes me feel good which makes my traumatised brain want to avoid it. And this post is no exception, hahaha it’s hilarious πŸ˜†. What a kid. Kids like that are endlessly funny. I can only imagine the positive effect you’re having on this kid’s emotional intelligence!

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    1. Ah, Robs! Hello! I am so glad you came by to read. Sorry (?!?) that I make you feel good πŸ˜›
      But how wonderful to have you here, sharing laughter with me! That’s a goodness grapejuice moment πŸ˜‰
      Kids truly are amazing little beings! I am so blessed to have been able to be a part of these two young ones journey’s. As they are getting older though, our times together have become few. They’re more active and involved now with school and ‘sport’. But when I do happen to spend some time with them these days, we’re never short on laughter and the time just flies by because they’re even more interesting now πŸ˜‰
      Sending love your way, my friend πŸ™‚

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      1. Goodness grapejuice! πŸ™„πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. I was totally the kid who would’ve repeated that forever each time I saw you, and found it hilarious. Indeed, kids are incredibly astute and intelligent and clear-minded and original. I feel the same, lucky to have had younger siblings. And yes it does suck that you get to spend less time. Oh well!

        Btw did you ever watch Goodness Gracious Me?

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      2. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ you’re very welcome! I didn’t actually watch it at the time except sometimes incidentally, but it was a huge cultural phenomenon here. Now this morning I’ve just watched a few clips and seen what it was all about, haha. Funny throwback to 90s/00s Britain.

        Another funny bonus fact is that one of the creators/stars (Sanjeev Bhaskar) had just become the vice chancellor at my university when I graduated, so he gave me the certificate and then I met him afterwards. He did a great and funny introduction speech to the whole ceremony xD.

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  2. How right. It’s the small things, the everyday unnoticed things that make all the difference. Unnoticed until they are no longer there and then we notice. Ad it works both ways. As someone said, you don’t think the small things matter. Try sleeping in a room with a single mosquito.

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  3. There are so many things that make me smile. Usually the small things though – not the big ostentatious things. I value people taking the time, noticing, and caring – because those things can’t be bought. Of course my kids make me smile every day with their escapades.

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  4. I have been off for a couple of weeks but don’t sweat it. It gives our minds to sort out all that has taken place in our world. Glad to see you back and love the story with your kids in it. Goodness gratefruit you are back…hip hip horrah…

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