There are many things I would describe myself as; efficient, busy, prone to car-sickness, grumpy when tired to name a few, but not a party animal. In fact my ideal evening would normally include being in bed by 9.30 and often asleep before the children are.
Imagine my surprise then when I found myself dancing on my terrace at 5am New Year’s Day.
It is amazing how fast the hours between midnight and 5am go. One minute it’s 11.30 and you’re thinking; almost there, almost time to go to bed and then whooosh suddenly it’s 5am and you have danced to ‘I will survive’ and ‘Valerie’ 14 times each.
I have a theory that life is a little like this too. That the years after 40 accelerate and life just whizzes by.
So one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to have lots more parties.
It was great fun, but less fun when at 7am Leo came storming into our room. When I explained why I was so tired he looked very angry.
“Didn’t you think you would be tired for Rafa?”
Happily my interview had been and gone, but we were off to claim Bea’s raffle prize. When we got there, it was the Swedish player Robin Soderling and not Rafa, which Bea was fine with happily. And before you start complaining about the quality of the picture, I was probably still squiffy from the night before. At least they’re both in it, just.
Another one of my New Year’s resolutions is to speak more Swedish with them in case Soderling ever become the world number one (which is looking likely, he was great during the tournament).
All in all an amazing New Year; Rafa, parties, book deal, masses of tennis, our friends from France, lots of food and wine. Now it is time to get back to ‘normal’ life. Except for the odd party until 5 am that is….
Copyright: Helena Frith Powell 2010