The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

For Once, I Would Like Some Luck Rather Than Insults …
November 25, 2016, 6:15 am
Filed under: Attitude & Aptitude, Comment, Daddyhood, Family, Mum & Dad, Otis, Parents

So today will be the last post for a while.

Surprisingly, it is not because I’m going on holiday, it is because my beloved Otis needs a little operation and we’re going to have it done in Australia.

Just to be clear, it is a little operation but it still scares me to death.

Part of that is because I don’t want any child of 23 months to require a general anaesthetic.

Part of that is because I don’t want to see the worry and concern in my wonderful wife’s eyes.

Part of that is because the last time I was in a hospital, my beloved Mum died.

Part of that is because we just love him so so much.

And while I appreciate that compared to many, our situation is not very dramatic … it is a very concerning time for us right now, so wish us luck.

If things all go well [and they will, they will] then this blog will be back on December 5th but until then, I’d like to leave you with one of my favourite videos of my brilliant son.

I love it for so many reasons.

His enthusiasm.

His unadulterated joy.

His participation … both in [Chinese] words and actions.

The way he quickly adapts to the dance when he makes a mistake at around 55 seconds.

And then, at 1 minute 2 seconds, when he morphs into a dance that Bez from The Happy Mondays would be proud of before hearing the music start again [1 minute 12 seconds] and bopping his head to the beat.

Otis, you’re perfect to your Mummy and Daddy … never forget that.

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This is upsetting news. I can only imagine how concerned you and Jill must be. I am sure all will be well and Otis will be back dancing (with his broom?) very soon.
If I can be of any assistance, you know where I am. I will be thinking of you all.

Comment by Lee Hill

I echo Lee’s sentiments. Otis is a force of nature and, as you say, it’s a small procedure and I look forward to his return to his role as the best thing on this blog.

Comment by John

kids wouldnt be kids if they didnt fuck with your head. i swear its a fucking conspiracy between the little bastards. i aged 100 years when bonnie had to go through all her medical shit but she cant even remember the fucking thing and thinks going to the hospital for check ups are a fun day out. what the fuck?

so remember this parental advice campbell, otis will be fine, you guys wont be. that fucking simple. but when you manage to produce such a little champion like him, its a small fucking price to pay.

Comment by andy@cynic

It must be very hard for you guys right now, but Andy is right.
Sending big hugs. We are here if you need us.

Comment by Mary Bryant

Kisses and hugs to all of you.
Extra ones to Otis.

Jemma xxx

Comment by Jemma King

otis speaks commie?
a kid under 2 speaks commie?
his dad cant even speak fucking english.
hes definitely jills kid but how the fuck can he be yours and im not even fucking including that hes cute, smart, dances and knows how to use a broom.

Comment by andy@cynic

Anyone who can make you look as sweet as you do in that photo is a superhero.

Comment by Bazza

Makes his dad shit himself and stops this blog for a week? Otis = legend.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Thanks folks … appreciate the concern and support, even if you all managed to somehow still insult me in the process. You all have an incredible talent. Unfortunately.

Comment by Rob

You make it so easy.

Comment by DH

Watching Otis grow is a delight. As soon as he is better, bring him to me, I want to kiss his beautiful cheeks.

Comment by Katerina

Thinking of you guys. Otis is a little star, love the photo and video.

Comment by Pete

Thinking of you.

Comment by Jonathan Rosenberg

Take it easy, Rob. Hope everything will be fine. (The only thing you really have to worry about in Australia is the spiders).

Comment by Ian Gee

Thoughts and prayers with you and Otis. As someone who had to have multiple surgeries (cleft lip and palate) as a kid, I feel for him and am glad he has such a good dad to help him through. I know he’ll feel your love and concern.

Comment by ahtdoucette

From what I’ve seen, Otis takes everything in his stride so I am sure he will be back on his feet in no time. I think I look forward to that almost as much as you guys. Take care of yourselves.

Comment by George

Thinking of Otis, Jill and You..

To safe travels and a speedy recovery..

Comment by Niko

wishing yiou the best possible outcome. your kid is a star.

Comment by ignasi vargas surroca

Thank you folks. Given Forest just won 5-2 away from home, all looks like it will go very well this week.

Comment by Rob

As many have said, I’m sure Otis will be fine and you guys will get out of it in a stride. Thinking of all of you and hoping for a speedy recovery. You’ll be missed around here!

Comment by Roberto Faria

Hi Rob, I hope it all goes well. Otis has some wicked moves. I’m in Melbourne at the moment. Where in Australia are you going? Look me up if you’re in Victoria. Cheers, Ian

Comment by Ian

Wishing you all the best for tomorrow. Give Otis a hug from me.

Comment by Lee Hill

He’s out. All went very well but the poor little bugger is not going to feel great for a few days. I imagine it will be the equivalent of a massive hangover – just for a 23 month year old. That said, I cannot tell you how happy I am that I’ll be hearing him complain and demand Peppa Pig and broom … that will be the best thing ever. At least for a couple of days. Thank you to everyone who has reached out and written, it meant a huge amount to me – especially as some of you have been have faced harder battles with your beautiful parasites. I’m bloody lucky to have so many lovely people in my life and so is Otis.

Comment by Rob

of course he is, hes a fucking little diamond.
very happy and relieved for all of you. give the little nugget a kiss from me.

Comment by andy@cynic

Brilliant news.

Comment by George

Wonderful news.

Comment by Lee Hill

Great news Rob. You must all be so relieved.

Comment by DH


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