Back to School – All Is Different But Still The Same

There was such excitement this morning. The day our household has been counting down to was finally here!

After just over 6 months in just our care – the 9 and the 4 year old were taking their first steps back into their own world.

First Day of 4th Class
The 9 year old couldn’t wait to run, from her dad and I, towards her friends and school. Instead of me giving her some advice, she had just one instruction for me, “Please don’t embarrass me mum.” She gave me a hug and then ran off confidently and happily to the line that would take her into the place she had been missing so much – her school.

She took all the  new regulations in her stride because these meant she got to go back to her world. One where she is independent of her mum, dad and little brother.

One, that even if it’s different to what she left six months ago, is still so comforting, safe and allows her to grow as the individual she wants to be.

One, where even with all the restrictions in place, she can play freely; be with her friends, and interact with other adults (teachers and principal) who welcomed her back with open arms. Even if those arms couldn’t be touched, their warmth and safety could be felt.

First Ever Day Of School
My Junior Infant on the other hand, as excited as he was, was happy to not let go for alittle while longer.

His excitement soon turned to pensiveness as he waited in line for his turn to enter this world. He was taking it all in and no doubt the realisation that he was about to enter a new world, where mum and dad would not be as accessible as we had been in the last while, was starting to sink in.

We got extra hugs and our hands were squeezed tighter as we started to move to the top of the line.

When his turn finally came, he became sheepish and started to look a little lost as he took his first steps into the unknown all on his own. My husband and I may not have been able to comfort him, but a teacher immediately stepped in to try and ease the nerves and show him the way.

It was so hard to stand back and watch him be overwhelmed by the situation but it was a great lesson for the three of us.

There are going to be moments in his life where he is going to have to take those steps knowing that we can’t follow, and someone else may have to step in. Hopefully he will know that we will always be cheering him on and have his back, and more often than not he will be OK.

He will find a way to use the resilience, he has built up as a result of this pandemic, to get him through.

Hopefully he will also know that resilience isn’t always a requirement, here’s to him allowing himself to be vulnerable; to letting others in; being kind; taking chances; and enjoying the adventure that is ahead of him.

To paraphrase Dr Seuss, “Today is his (and her) day. He (and obviously she) is off to Great Places. He (and she) is off and away!”

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Ricky Gervais & Kerry Godliman Talk After Life Season 2

Ricky, Kerry and I had a zoom chat about After Life Season 2.

They shared how blown away they’ve been by the reaction to this series, why it’s good to be needed, Ricky’s all time favourite co-star (the dog) & more.

After Life, Season 2 is available on Netflix from Friday 24th April.

 

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Tony Way and Jo Hartley Talk After Life Season 2

Tony Way and Jo Hartley’s Lenny and June are happily together in After Life Season 2 (not a spoiler if you’ve seen season 1).

We got to have a zoom chat about how they felt about coming back, what parts of their characters they’d love to take with them into real life and more.

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Joe Wilkinson and Mandeep Dhillon Talk After Life Season 2

Joe Wilkinson and Mandeep Dhillon are back as Postman and Sandy in After Life Season 2.

We got to have a zoom chat about how they felt about coming back for more, being seen, age and what lessons they learnt from being a part of this brilliant series.

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Picture This Talk Troublemaker, One World: Together At Home, Smashing Records & More

Picture This performed their new single, Troublemaker, for the first time at the One World: Together At Home live event.

The audience they played to was huge, they told me how they felt during the performance, what it’s been like to smash so many records in such a small amount of time, how they’ve become mates with the Jonas Brothers, what it’s like isolating together, and more.

Troublemaker is out now.

 

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Margot Robbie & Jurnee Smollet Bell (Birds Of Prey) on Taking Chances, Balance of Power, & Imposter Syndrome

I promised myself that I wouldn’t mention Neighbours or Full House but what was the first thing I said to Margot and Jurnee?!

Besides their early work, Margot and Jurnee also spoke about the making of Birds of Prey. Why it took so long to get to the big screen, why this was one of the most comfortable sets they’ve worked on and how imposter syndrome is real for Margot – even after two Oscar nominations!

Birds of Prey And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn is in cinemas now.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Ella Jay Basco (Birds of Prey) – No More Polite Fights!

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ella Jay Basco are the Huntress and Cassandra Cain in “Birds of Prey”.

We spoke about the impact this film had on them personally, how they are able to walk taller and why there is no more polite fighting.

Birds of Prey is in Irish cinemas tomorrow.

 

 

 

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Cathy Yan – “Birds of Prey Celebrates A Strength & Comradery Between Women”

Cathy Yan has gone from Wall Street Journal Reporter to the first Asian American female to direct a big budget comic book superhero film and to steal a line from the title, she has done a fantabulous job!

We spoke about why she wanted to tell this story, the importance of females lifting each other up, fighting for diversity and whether or not we are going to see more of the Birds of Prey in the future.

Birds Of Prey is out in Irish cinemas this Friday.

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Jonas Brothers On Breaking Up and Making Up

The Jonas Brothers brought their Happiness Begins Tour to the 3 Arena in Dublin on 31st January.

Before they took to the stage, I got to chat to them about breaking up, making up, kids spilling secrets and what they do to annoy and surprise their wives.

 

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Naomi Ackie and Kelly Marie Tran Talk Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Naomi Ackie and Kelly Marie Tran play Jannah and Rose Tico in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”.

Naomi and Kelly Marie shared what it’s like to have to keep big secrets and how they feel now that the secret is finally out, what they stole from the wrap party and why the wrap party is one of the best things about being in the Star Wars universe!

While at the junket, I also got to have a chat to a couple of the druids.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in cinemas now.

 

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