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On Being Boring

I moved from London to Brussels with my husband nearly 10 years ago. When I told people we were moving, the news was greeted with bemusement: why did we want to move to a city that was possibly the most boring place on earth? Ten years later and I can honestly say that I've had more fun here than I ever did living in London. It might not be the most exciting city in the world but it is a fantastic place to live. It is full of hidden treasures that you probably never get to see as a tourist: wonderful shops, amazing food, great museums and galleries, beautiful architecture, a forest (yes, a whole forest), and so much more... And if that doesn't convince you, well, get on a train and you could be in Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne or, yes, London in no more than a couple of hours... Which other city can you say that about?

LTWRL – Week 5

I am not a perfect parent. Possibly not even a good parent. Sometimes, I’m a positively terrible parent. But there is one thing I’m very proud of. And it’s this: Amélie does not want to be a princess. She does not dream about pink frilly dresses and Prince Charmings. Not predominantly anyway. She wants to be a super-hero. One of the Fantastic Four or X-Men. She’s super nerdy about it. She knows them all and their powers. I love that. If she can’t be a super-hero though, she wants to be a park ranger or an explorer. One of her most prized possessions is her Junior Ranger vest and badges from our last trip to the US. It’s way too small for her now but she loves wearing it. Just like she loves taking her magnifying glass and a map and heading off on pretend adventures with Mr Giraffe. I love that too. So this week’s picture is of Amélie in her explorer outfit. She’d worn it all weekend when, on Sunday night, she stumbled upon a Rapunzel wig from her grandma in her dressing-up box. She put it on and was pulling silly faces and messing around because she thought the idea of being an explorer with princess hair was hilarious. Yep. I love that too. I love it all. Her admiration of role-models who are strong, different, curious, complex, independent. Her sense of humour. Her crazy. Her amazing brain. All of it. All of her.

For more fabulous pictures of fabulous children, head on over to LTWRL (where there may well be some pictures of proper explorers… Diyosa: Amélie is so jealous of your girls and their camping adventures!).

14 March 2014 - 10:40 PM Rachel - That background is mesmerizing. Love her personality.

15 March 2014 - 3:37 PM Diyosa - Well then. We should figure out how we can squeeze in a night out while you are here!

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