We all know we’re supposed to have five portions of fruit and veg every day. Most of us don’t and manage to mosey along without too much difficulty.
I wrote a post yesterday for Ready for Ten about the prospect of libraries closing and how tragic that will be for our children – and their children. In it, I talked about libraries being a supply of free nutrition for kids’ brains.
The more I think about it, the more I realise that I was right. Libraries – books – provide essential elements for a growing, and healthy, mind. Access to them should be a right, enshrined in law like shelter, education, and health care.
For me reading is a daily essential. A few pages or a chapter at night time help me to switch off. I can’t imagine a public transport journey without printed matter. Without written words, my existence – and that of my family – would feel malnourished.
My other daily essentials include coffee – proper, not instant.
Radio is pretty much a must-have. How could I pass a car journey, get dressed or make a meal without it?
A chat with my husband is important to us – probably less so to anyone else, although I’m sure he’d be happy to co-operate if you fancy a parley with the Panther…
Food every few hours, I’m very bad at hungry. That’s probably more for the benefit of those around me, though. oh. And a few minutes that belong to me alone.. just a few..
That’s it. See, I’m quite low-maintenance really – five a day and something to read. What’s on your list of essentials?
Mike Ritchie says
Hugs and a smoochy kiss from my wife, Maggie is an essential as is a hug (his kisses tend to be licks at the moment) from my son,four-year-old, Adam.
Also need music at some stage so a snatched CD track, or quick visit to Spotify or YouTube is a must.
I train at the gym alternate days and get a bit stir crazy when I miss out. Phone chats with my elder sons always welcome though they can be infrequent.
Simple pleasures – so important.
Muddling Along Mummy says
This has made me think – I find that when I get my essentials out of balance that I get grumpy, question is what are the essentials
I reckon a bit of time & space to myself to do what I want to rather than someone else demanding it (be it the smalls or Mr or work) and yes reading does tend to do it for me
Also food – don't feed me regularly and I get all dizzy
And it may make me a bad person but I do enjoy a glass of wine!
Thanks to you, I have just spent an hour of my life that I wasn't planning on writing this:
I enjoyed it though, so I'm not complaining.
love this blog. My daily essentials are pepsi max, a hug from my son, the internet to check blog, facebook etc, a dance with the music blasting loud and a chat with at least one if not two of my mates for gossip/catch-up.
Ellen Arnison says
Mike, they are crucial, aren't they? Maybe we need 5-a-day healthy food and 5-a-day food for the soul.
Muddling Along Mummy, it's amazing what a difference a little bit of space makes.
Caron, I'm glad you had a happy bloggy hour.
Jojo, thanks – sounds like fun is essential to your life.
That's Not My Age says
My essentials list is pretty much the same as yours – just add Coronation Street and a glass of fine wine!
Things I need to get me through the day (in no particular order…)
*a hug and a kiss from my partner before we get up
*a proper coffee in the morning
*a cuddle with all of my daughters
*at least five minutes to myself to just sit and shut my brain off
*the internet, without it I would probably go mad!
*superdrug vitamin E face cream
*knowing that I've got a great bunch of mates who I can ring if things go a bit bleurgh….
*music of varying kinds depending on my mood
*chamomile tea in copious amounts throught the day
Other than that I can't really thing of anything else at the mo…I'm sure there are a billion things that I haven't realised are essential to me as they're probably always around…
Potty Mummy says
Let's see; warm feet (amazingly, easier to come by in Moscow than in England), and a can of diet coke. Oh, and conversation with an adult at some point. That's it. Does that make me high maintenance?
Preseli Mags says
My daily essentials definitely include books (and the lovely mobile library brings them to our doorstep every three weeks).
Also hugs and kisses from my children (and husband, I'd better include him!), running, coffee, G&B 85% choc, Radios Two and Five, the internet and, currently, the boxed set of The West Wing.
Those are the things I miss most when they're not available.
Come to think of it our private water supply stopped for a day recently – I really missed that too!
Ellen Arnison says
NMA, The Archers, not Corrie I'd say.
Thingsandstuff, excellent list – I'd include carrots not apples
Potty Mum, very low, I'd say.
Mags, Sometimes G&B's Maya Gold is an essential, but I'm trying to downgrade it to a luxury.
Jenny Kearney says
Peppermint tea, my iPhone, and a cuddle in bed with my husband before the baby wakes up!
Proper Coffee (so with you on this one, it MUST be proper though – instant won't do at all), decent cup of tea, fine wine, The Archers, a cuddle from my boys and a bit of fresh air.
Tanya (Bump2Basics) says
Good conversation, fine wine, food, laughing, exercise, hugs & kisses with my little lady
PippaD aka Mummy says
Five eh? Hmm Food and Drink as one. Internet as two. Books as three… showers as four and family as five!
A kiss from the kids, a run, a cuppa or three and a spot of TV to unwind by after the daily 3.5 hour commute! I'm a dad of simple tastes!
Ellen Arnison says
Thanks Memory Dad, A three and a half hour commute! I'd need more than a spot of Corrie to fix that.