Monday, 7 November 2011

Pride And Joy

Warning: severe gushing about to be unleashed. Read on with care!

I do love my children. They make me so proud.

In August, Kyle found out he got an A in all his AS-level subjects and an A* in the A-level he took a year early. We are very proud of him and for the first time, he has started to believe that actually he is capable of great things. His school have been telling him for some time that he’s a potential Oxbridge student but I don’t think it was until he got these latest results that he started to believe it. And so he agreed to apply to Oxford to study law! It’s all so exciting.

We went at the end of September to one of the open days and it’s such a beautiful place. It would be such a privilege to study there. Obviously I’d be the proudest mother in the world if he got in but I’m trying really hard not to allow my thinking to influence him. After that trip though, I can see he’s keen l Their sporting facilities are second to none and he’s even talking about taking up rowing !!

Anyway, he re-wrote his personal statement and last month, he had to take the LNAT (Law National Admission Test) which forms part of his application and he thinks it went OK…. though he has moments of anxiety that maybe he completely misunderstood the essay question. Anyway, we’re all waiting now to see if he gets selected for interview.

And it’s not just my son who is causing my pride-ometer to rise….

Sasha is now writing her second musical for the youngsters at the youth centre where she helps out. After attending a residential composers’ course in the summer, she came back full of ideas and spends all her time at the piano. I’m so impressed with her. She’s turned into such a beautiful, compassionate young woman. She is now part of the management team for the soup kitchen where she has also been helping out for about a year and she has done some serious fund-raising and found them some local sponsorship.

Her relationship with young Freddie seems to be going from strength to strength and he is so proud and supportive of her. I hope she hangs on to him – he is lovely and they are a really handsome couple. He took her to his university ball last term and the photos were amazing. I bought three !

I must keep my dreams in check though. As much as I can see myself saying things in a very posh voice, like “My son? Oh yes he’s a student. Where? Oh, at Oxford. Oxford University !! …..or, picturing myself in tears as I watch Freddie’s reaction to my beautiful Sasha coming up the aisle on her father’s arm in the most amazing wedding dress….. I must stop myself from getting too carried away or I’ll end up being disappointed and worse, I’ll subconsciously pile on the pressure for the two people I love most in the world.

I don’t need to look ahead though because whatever happens they have made me so proud already.

I’m a very lucky mum.


  1. Hello Selina,

    You have wonderful children and you are justifiably proud. No need to hold back at all. You are very lucky.

    Best wishes,

  2. I think it's marvellous that you can gush! Believe me, a gushing mother is very much preferable to one who doesn't.

  3. Congratulations to you all - nothing brings a smile to everyone's lips like well deserved success!

  4. Law and Oxford - a potential politician, and a female Andrew Lloyd Webber all in one family. Makes the Von Trapp's seem like under achievers. Well done.

    P.S. Maybe Steve could write a musical, I'm sure your daughter would give him a few tips.

  5. nice...sounds like some great things are happeneing in your family...very cool on the grades and progress...and woo hoo on the musical...very cool...

  6. I have a friend who studied Law at Oxford.

    The last time I visited him in London he took me too a little restaurant he knows where Gordon Ramseys head chef served us dinner on his table.

    Just an everyday occasion for him!

  7. Oh no, you gush's great to have kids achieving and fulfilling their potential. It's worth a drink I reckon so have poured you one at mine! xx