I know that many parents dread the school summer holidays. They worry about childcare, the endless drudge of finding something to do with their kids and the expense of it all. I can totally identify with that. However, I just love the school summer holidays for a number of reasons:
We don’t have to get up and have an argument about breakfast, being late and socks
I don’t need to wear my watch
Myself and the children are free from all the anxieties and stresses of school. I find the whole business of school extremely difficult
We get to do some brilliant fun stuff like experiments, bike riding, painting and reading without any time restrictions
I get to see my children, to enjoy them, the see them learn and to hear their jokes
It’s fantastic seeing them play together, we are often so busy that they don’t get a great deal of playtime
This is a magical time for me and the holidays are just not long enough. I feel incredibly blessed to have children, it took us nearly 2 years of trying for us to conceive our eldest and having worked through much of the time when my eldest two were young I didn’t get to spend as much time with them as I would have liked. I feel like the holidays are my only chance to really get to know them and enjoy their childhoods. Time goes so quickly and it wont be long before they are off on holidays with their friends and they wont want to go crabbing with me or cycle to the playground.
Enjoy this time and try like I do, to create a personal image bank of memories. Store each moment, good and bad in your mind and use those memories to get you through the low points in your life. My children were born from love, I love them with all my heart and so I love the holidays.
In 1904 a really well known English folk song was first recorded. The song has origins which can be traced back to the seventeenth century. It’s a song all about love and naivety and rising above troubles. Folk singer Jim Moray has recorded a beautiful version, for me it’s the soundtrack to this summer: