After a lovely Christmas and New year break, normal service has officially resumed this week. I went back to work on Monday, and the kids started back to school on Wednesday. Back to routine, washing uniforms and early starts, back to normality. I enjoyed the festive break, but I’m enjoying actually knowing what day of the week it is.
The kids being back to school means I have a bit more time alone. Now I certainly don’t spend the holidays wishing the kids were still at school. In fact, I quite miss them when they aren’t here. But, having that extra time alone does allow me to do things I couldn’t do when I have the kids with me. Working without distraction/guilt is obviously one of those things. It has been nice to be able to catch up on some work this week and not feel like I’m neglecting the kids. Another thing has been nice too: Going out for a walk on my own.
I love walking. Probably one of my most uttered phrases is “Shall we go for a walk?”. For me, there are two types of walk. There’s the family walk where you pick a nice scenic place and dander around at your own pace, stopping to investigate things together. Then there’s the other kind of walking where you put on some music, step out in to the fresh air and just walk. I love both types equally, but I don’t get to practice the latter much when the kids are on a break from school.
So this week I went for a walk alone. I put on my headphones, turned up my favourite music and I walked. I didn’t have a path in mind, I just went whatever way my feet carried me. I ended up walking almost my whole village, down on to the quayside and back. It was bitterly cold, but the winter sun made everything look quite beautiful.
I’ve been feeling so sluggish over the holidays and so it was nice to go out and get my blood pumping a bit. I find walks like this so energising, and so I’m looking forward to many more of them over the coming weeks while the children are at school.
How are you finding the first week of normality?