Life is hectic. Fact!
Understatement of the year – Life is FRANTIC!
As I type this, I’m on my laptop, court-side, watching Akira play tennis. Story of my day: I got up at 3.40 this morning, drove an hour to host Heart Breakfast for 4 hours, had a post-show production meeting before racing an hour and a half home to sneak in an hours alfresco yoga session before the school run, shoved some food in Akira and here I am at tennis. And BREATHE!
Because the weeks are pretty insane, weekends are all about us re-grouping as a family.
This weekend, there was a local festival happening which is always lots of fun, but always crazy frantic. So often these days, I find “fun” is dressed up with “frantic”. When we lived in LA we had annual passes to Disneyland which was, ironically, for the “happiest place on earth” the place we saw the MOST rows between parents! Sometimes the pressure to have “fun” in places that are supposed to be the meccas of joy, is just too great, too dictated.
So we made another plan and concentrated instead on a weekend of US.
Saturday we pretty much stayed in joggers for most of the day! Bliss!
Sunday – again, the best day – of being TOGETHER – chilled and relaxed.
We rode bikes.
We goofed around!
It was one of those amazing family days.And because I was tuned into the kids and not living life at 100 miles an hour I actually HEARD Akira when he said “I get really sad when I see homeless people”.
Instead of doing my usual
explanation fob off, I explored the concept with him and we decided it would be really amazing to try to help in some way. So we bought food and took it to a group of homeless guys hanging out and chatted for a bit. Akira beamed from ear to ear when I explained it had all been his idea and I know something changed in his future life in that moment! It was apparently THE thing he cited as the highlight of his weekend in “weekend news” at school today.Note to self – Sometimes just “being” as a family is so important.
Yes the Festival would have been fun, but a different kind of fun. And sometimes – we ALL need to unwind, reconnect and LISTEN. I’m so aware of life being more complicated for my kids than it ever was when I was that age, and there’s no need for the modern day pace of life to rub off on them. Not yet anyway.
Sometimes simple really is best. Just BEING is all we truly need.
I’m also painfully aware that I need to embrace every second of parenthood. I can’t believe Kaya turns double figures next month. How did THAT happen? On our gorgeous day out I took a mental picture and vowed that Akiras jacket and Kaya’s sweatshirt are totally going into the “Memory Box” for
me to sob into when they go to uni posterity!
Enjoy every minute! Even though I’m working through half term I’m totally planning to be WITH the kids when I’m “with” them.
Being in the moment! Before the moment’s gone!