August 2017

Dear Friends of Offspring,

I am sitting in the office having just had two very different conversations. One I was talking with one of our trainees about a personal crisis that happened in her life over the weekend. Unable to express her feelings, we sat with her for some time just talking it through and trying to help her know how to deal with the situation. The other was having a past trainee come in to pay us a visit. It was so great talking to her about the new training she is doing with another organisation and how life is going for her outside of Offspring.

Two totally different conversations within the space of an hour! I felt like crying in the first conversation (and really had to hold myself back) and then in the other, I couldn’t stop smiling just looking at her. This is often the way here…emotions can change in an instant. One moment my head is about to explode with frustration (see my ‘low’ below) and then someone walks past my door and makes me laugh (see my ‘high’).

Every day is different! And I’m not going to lie…every day is a challenge. Our three new trainees all have really significant things going on in their world and yet I don’t have the answers to solve them. I wish I did, but it’s just not that easy. The only thing we can do (and do really well) is love them, support them, equip them and let them know that we really care about them.

Just as ‘every life is worth fighting for’ is our motto, ‘take it one day at a time‘ is becoming one also! The reality of what we do can make for quite the daily emotional rollercoaster; but in the end every minute is worth it! Sometimes you have to remind yourself that the small achievements are just as important as the big ones.


High: Having one of our trainees be comfortable enough to express her quirky personality. Every time she walks past the office, she looks through the crack of the door (where the hinge is rather than the actual opened door) and says ‘meoooow’! It makes me laugh every time.

Low: Dealing with the electrician this month got my blood boiling (as if it’s not already hot enough here)! It took 5 hours to fix a problem that shouldn’t have been a problem in the first place.

 Interesting: I was home one day sick from work and as I came out of my room at one point I saw that the house was filling with water!! It had been raining pretty heavily but we are in monsoon season, so that is not unusual. I opened our front door and the stairs leading up to the landlords house was like a waterfall, water rushing down and flowing into our house. I panicked, called a lifeline and we soon fixed the problem. This is probably the only time I’ve been grateful for being sick, otherwise we have come home having to swim through the house.