Bumble Along

Click to visit the Siren Stories website and read more work by J.J. Barnes and check out her latest novels.

Click to visit the Siren Stories website and read more work by J.J. Barnes and check out her latest novels.

I’m a loner at heart. I love my people, love my social circle, but am quite comfortable in my own company. I am even more comfortable in the company of Miss Rose.

She and I spend all day, every day, in one another’s company. We are parted for the hour or so I spend in the gym, that she spends in the crèche, a few days a week, but other than that we are together until bed time. Then at some point in the night we are together again, as she lurches into my room and collapses on my bed; a snoring heap of squishy baby loveliness… that sporadically farts against my leg.

During term time attend a couple of playgroups that break up the week, and I know that many mummies are missing these groups. The company, the interactions, the opportunities to have something different. I thought I would too, but I don’t. Not right now.

My hermit like nature has adapted to the summer break perfectly. We are busy all day. We walk the dog for a couple of hours, swim, chase pigeons. We draw pictures, watch TV and destroy beautifully constructed towers of Mega Blocks. We argue, we cuddle. We sing, dance, and cry.

Photo credit Shuraki

Photo credit Shuraki

The time she spends in crèche gives her the interactions with other children, and care of other adults, that she needs, and it gives me the time alone doing something I love that I thrive on. Other than that, my life feels complete with her. Just her.

Not that we never see other people. We see family, we see friends. We go places and do things and always value that time, but those days are the massive minority.

I know when summer is over, and term time recommences, and we go back to playgroup that we shall both enjoy it and both benefit from that time. We will see old friends, we will make new ones. We will gradually adjust back to the world of being sociable and not just being she and me.

Until then we bumble along, enjoying company when it’s there, but not missing it when it isn’t. Fully programmed into hermit mode. Just us. Me and my girl.

You can check out all my contact info an links on www.jjbarnes.co.uk, I’m on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you can get in touch on there, as well as find links to all my work. There’s also www.sirenstories.co.uk which has all the work by both myself and Jonathan McKinney and loads of extra content such as background stories for different characters. If you want to subscribe on Patreon, its just $1 a month to help support our work and it also grants you access to our extra podcast a week, you can go to www.patreon.com/sirenstories.

Thanks as always for reading, and I’ll speak to you soon I hope!



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