We are loving being back in rehearsals, not only so we can embrace our love of 40s music, focus on purrrfecting our intricate close harmonies and work out when we can fit in another box step……but also so we can spend an hour or two in a mindfulness haze of forgetting that we need to get back to the busy life of being working mothers!
Yes, we are so blessed here at the Cat’s Pyjamas that between us we have 10 little kittens (some not so little anymore!) and as everyone knows, being a parent is all-consuming in so many wonderful yet exhausting ways. Or perhaps, that is just life in the 21st century; maybe we like to blame the young ones for our exhaustion but actually the blame is better suited to the constant ringing of phones, online notifications, social chat groups, work emails, planning and keeping up with the latest school events, clubs, dress ups and charity days.
Being a mummy, while living in this 24-hour, technology driven world, is a whole new level of exhaustion. So, let’s take a step back and breathe. Let’s look around us and be grateful for what we have. Let’s take a moment to pat ourselves on the back and remember that in the eyes of each of those kittens, we are SuperHeroes (most of the time!).
Last evening, my pet cat spent the ENTIRE night staring at a corner of our house where she had trapped a mouse behind some furniture – she is a hunter and she was not going to let that mouse escape. In the morning, we rescued the mouse before it succumbed to her claws (sorry, Skye) and I was left with a feeling of admiration. Oh, to be so mindful that she could think of nothing else. She didn’t have 104 plates spinning in the air, terrified of one falling, she just had one objective which was to be very still, calm and determined.
So, on this Mothering Sunday, I would like to raise a glass of admiration to my gorgeous Cat’s Pyjamas for being the most incredible hard-working, time-juggling mothers who still know how to DooWop with sass; to my own mother who always worked hard when we were young and yet still had time to teach me to follow my dreams; to all the mothers out there who are simply incredible women; and to my cat Skye…..for helping me learn how to focus on one thing at a time….!
It's felt like a funny couple of years, that seem to have passed in a slow blur.
Covid has had a huge impact on live music and events and I'm so excited that I'm able to start putting gigs, concerts and show dates back in my diary again. I have so missed the buzz and thrill of a live event, there is nothing like it. As cheesy as it sounds, for me it is the best way to be in the moment, totally connected to what I'm seeing and hearing, a real chance to lose myself and forget everything else going on. I always leave a show with that childlike energy and joy that gets harder to find and experience as you get older.
It also leads me to realise how much I have massively missed music-making itself. We at Cat's Pyjamas HQ haven't had the opportunity to get together to create music, enjoying the warmth of lush harmonies and playful melodies. As we move into one of my favourite times of the year, with the daffodils out, bringing their own brand of sunshine, we're back to regular get-togethers and laughs in our rehearsals. We have gigs on the horizon and are looking forward to seeing you in the future.
It's great to be back....we've missed you!
Love Rach, "Top Cat" xxx