I love school holidays. I love the kids sleeping in and not having to rush in the morning. I love the relaxed evenings and time for our family to relax and be together. I love the weekdays feeling like the weekend. I love the lack of structure and the lack of appointments.
We've had holidays which have been filled with medical appointments and therapies, we've also spent holidays in hospital. We've often had holidays where someone gets sick. Rarely have we had a holiday which was completely ours to enjoy so imagine my joy when I realized we have two whole weeks free this time.
This week I stopped and pondered why I love school holidays and why I am so delighted that these holidays are not full of bookings. Why do other people fill their holidays from beginning to end and I try very hard not to.
Why do I feel stressed when people looked puzzled that I don't want to send my child on camp or book him into activities. I'm not opposed to having fun, we have gone to some great activities over the years and we are going to the zoo this holiday.
It finally occured to me that our lives are always busy and full. I love the school holidays because it is our time to stop and relax. We have endured fifteen years of endless appointments and doing what other people tell us to do, running from one thing to another. Rarely is, or was, there a day with nothing. The thought of scheduling more scares me and exhausts me.
The school holidays are a wonderful time to catch up with our friends, to relax and let the children play. A few planned outings is fine as long as there is time left for doing very little.
I'm ignoring the fact that today one has a cough and the other a sniffle.