OnÂ The Wright Stuff this morning – I met Carrie Grant – the well known singing coach,Â One Show presenter and wife ofÂ singer, David Grant.
So why haveÂ I called thisÂ post – I met Mrs Carrie Grant?
Because it refers to her more famous namesake – Cary Grant – (albeit different spelling) one of the all time great HollywoodÂ movie stars. When I was last in the US with Tom – we went along to a swanky luncheon ahead of the Oscar nominations at a famous restaurant in Santa Monica called The Ivy on the Shore – where I was introducedÂ to Mrs CaryÂ Grant, the lady who had been married to the late Hollywood heart-throb.
Anyway,Â back toÂ Carrie GrantÂ who I thoroughly enjoyed meeting this morning -Â because there were so many connection points that I could empathise with.
CarrieÂ was on the show to promote a series of children’s books that her and David have devised, written and put togetherÂ – aimed at encouraging literacy in children using the force of singing. All very laudable I thought butÂ not an easy gig. Children’s booksÂ is fiercely competitive and as a writerÂ myself, I immediatelyÂ worried for them that their books willÂ get missed.
I rarely meet people in show business with four kids. Jack Dee has four butÂ it isÂ rareÂ – so when Carrie said she had four, instantly I felt a bond.Â I have four kids and so here was a guest who understood my pain.Â The sock matching alone…
But it turns out that Carrie has a much bigger undertaking than me though. Three of her children have learning difficulties and her fourth child is adopted. Wow, you have three kids with special needs and you adopted your fourth? Are you mad?
I didn’t actually ask this – but I wanted to – and fortunately, since The Wright Stuff is such a long bloody show – such an opportunity cropped upÂ during the recording becauseÂ I really needed to understand her reasoning.
‘Because there are too many kids in care.’ Carrie answered, casually as you like.
That isÂ an awesome answer – and my admiration for Carrie and David Grant notched up even further – and there was still more to come.
Turns out that Carrie has crohn’s disease. Google it if you don’t know what it is. It is awful. I have aÂ friend with crohn’sÂ and I always thank my good fortune when he fills me in.
ItÂ is a debilitating conditionÂ and puts in to perspective the type of person who can deal with it plus three kids and still find enoughÂ further love and energy to adopt a fourth.
I also enjoy the idea thatÂ Carrie and David are producing these books together. My wife is a photographer and we have just produced a complete range of greetings cards. Nikki did the art work and I wrote the captions. We did them years ago – but only recently had them printed as the recession tightens even more.
And I would dearly like toÂ see their range of booksÂ Â – Jump Up and Join InÂ become aÂ great success.
Firstly, because I think that they are great little books.Â Brightly coloured, well written,Â fun andÂ funky. Complete with CD and all sorts of games to engageÂ young kids and open their minds to books.
But also because Carrie Grant is one of the most impressive guests I have met in all my years of doing The Wright Stuff. She is a lovely lady. I’m guessing David is a good egg also and that together, they are awesome parents – and theyÂ deserve their success – and if this little post helps that happen – then well and good.
You can help too. Do check out their work on Amazon – and share this post with other people who have kids who might benefit.