Daisy has been having a hard time of late - you know, the world of a six year old can be hard to navigate at times. And, if truth be told, I've found being the mum to a six year old hard to navigate at times too. Having two younger sisters six year old can be hard to navigate at times. It's hard enough being an adult woman and yearning for that much sought after 'room of one's own' as Virginia Woolf extolled. As a writer and blogger, my desk is wherever the kids have left enough space on the table to fit my laptop on. Sometimes its the car. Sometimes the sofa. But, I have a cupboard that is all my own..... I have to be thankful for something. And so I've begun to see how frustrating things are for Daisy. She shares a bedroom, and everything she owns is on display and vulnerable to the prying hands of one sister, and the destructive hands of the other. She doesn't even have a drawer to call her own. She learned to read recently and it has opened up her world. She has always loved books, and had been writing little stories for months (first with drawings, and now with words.....). she has scraps of paper hidden all over the house, and cries with rage when she discovers Ruby has eaten them!
And so, I searched back to my own childhood and found the very thing that I would have loved as a child. I remember my nanna and pappa's mahogany writing desk. It was a world of wonder to me, and I would spend hours searching the cubby holes, playing with the stationery and pretending I was important. And so as a well done for learning to read so well, we got Daisy her own little writing desk. I think one of the happiest hours of my life was filling the little drawers and cubby holes with staionery I bought (I'm still obsessed - my friends drool over designer handbags, I go ga-ga in stationery shops), and getting it ready for her. She was delighted. Daisy doesn't do big shows of emotion, but she was shyly ecstatic. And the first thing she sat and wrote? A thank you card to me..... The best bit is the roll down lock - not only does she have her own drawers now, she can hide away all her work. We all need a room (cupboard, space) of our own... even when we're six.