Sian scrapbooking sport? Hardly ever happens. Last time I made a sports page it was less about the rugby and more about the bacon sandwich at half time. But maybe that's not the whole story, because I do actually watch - and enjoy - several different sports. It wasn't always like this. Any kind of sporting television used to bore me almost to tears, bring me out in a rash, have me running for a book. ...
I can date my sporting conversion to the day. It was 1994 and after a hard week in the library, dreaming about babies when I wasn't shelving books (because that's what I did in those days), I sat down to relax with a bit of TV. Just by chance I caught the news, sad news it was, about the death of a Formula One driver in a Saturday practice session. I watched, I watched a bit more, next day I watched the race - the one everyone remembers as Ayrton Senna's last. I was hooked.
Everyone agreed it was funny: Sian watching sport. But they could sense there was even more entertainment to come. A few weeks later the World Cup began. I was glued to it from the start. We went to London for a wedding. I watched. We went out sight seeing. I watched in between trips. I turned on the TV as soon as we got back to the hotel. We went back home...
...and I discovered I was having that baby I'd been dreaming about. The sports watching continued and when that baby was born - well, you know the rest. A boy. Of course. We should have guessed.
From the minute he could sit himself up in front of the TV he has been a Grand Prix addict. We watched together and when I was expecting his little sister, in the days of video tapes, recorded races kept him happy while I rested. The first thing we did together after we'd brought the baby home from the hospital was set up the big set of track and cars his new sister had given him. We read the magazines together, we each had Easter eggs one year with racing cars inside..
...and at this point in my layout making I realised that I had more than one story to tell. There are lots of pages I could put together about The Boy Who Brought Me To Sport. So today, even if you aren't a Formula One fan, maybe you can give me some pointers on what you do when you want to go back and add more. I made room on this page for the journaling by creating a washi tape flap for my photo; but now I realise that if I go right back through our old photo albums I'll find more.
And I haven't even started on the story of the football sticker albums. Yet. What would you do?