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Chameleon – Matthew Blythe – meandminimees – Single Dad, Parents Article

In a crowded room, he would disappear. Blend in, to be one of the crowd. No one would bother him. He would be safe. In a crowded room. His colours would be luminous. Fluorescent. So bright, everyone would know he was there. No one would bother him. He would be safe. In a flash mob dance off. He would be in the middle. Busting the moves No one would bother him. He would be safe. In a gang. Hands in pockets.…

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Reflections – Matthew Blythe – meandminimees – Single Dad, Parents Article

I have a video of one of the boys. We were on a train, trundling down to London. Watching the world whizz by in a blur. Occasionally focusing on something, a shopping centre, a flock of sheep, a river flowing under a bridge. Those moments were crystal clear images, a snapshot, a clarity, that was gone in a second. The video has one of my boys talking to himself, filming his reflection in the window. He was talking to himself.…

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Snow Globe – Matthew Blythe – meandminimees – Single Dad, Parents Article

It’s idyllic living in a snow globe. It’s beautiful, it’s calm, it’s serene. Everyone is happy, and together. Living the perfect life, in a perfect world. Nothing can harm them, they are secure and safe. Looking in, eyes wide, looking into the fantasy. It is pure, it’s simple, it’s magical. Out of nowhere, a hand grabs your world and shakes you. Sometimes you are ready, sometimes not. Your world explodes. Side to side, Upside down. The ghost of Christmas past…

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The Group – Matthew Blythe – meandminimees – Single Dad, Parents Article

This weekend has been lovely. Six families from across the country. Some traveling through snow blizzards. Some stopping in hotels. Some heading home and some crashing at friends houses. One of the families was simply away for the weekend, and others gate crashed, us all meeting up. We are all so different. The “children” aged from babies to adults. Some siblings, some only children. We all have one common Invisible String . We are single adoptive parents. There is nothing special…

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Keys – Matthew Blythe – meandminimees – Single Dad, Parents Article

The boy is ALWAYS losing his keys. He must have lost at least ten this year. In fact it may be more. He loses them when he’s out. Sometimes when he’s in. Where the keys go, he never knows. Sometimes he is cross at himself, for being so careless. Sometimes it is someone else’s fault, usually his brothers. Sometimes he believes they have been stolen, that we will be burgled. Sometimes the fate of the keys is fantastic – taken…

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Invisible String – Matthew Blythe – meandminimees – Single Dad, Parents Article

Some very special friends of ours have a relative who lives in Australia, thousands of miles away. Recently they have been talking about a piece of invisible string that connects them all. Across the miles. Across their lives. Always connecting them. No matter what. Tom had moved away from home to a new friend called Paul. They had only just met. (The story starts here 129600 – and continues here – Number 46). Tom had been away from home for ten days…

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Number 46 – Matthew Blythe – meandminimees – Single Dad, Parents Article

Again, names have been changed. The night after Tom had gone missing ( read the story here – 129600 ) I came down with a bad cold. The boys had had it, so it was inevitable I would have it. I had driven to work, but had to turn around, as I felt ill. I hate being off work. I think I was also exhausted from the day before. I went home. Both the boys were out. I got back into my…

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