I came home recently to find that the enterprising boys next door had been hard at work chopping my bigger logs down to size for my stove. While I was very grateful, their price was a little steep!! I haggled them down to a cup of hot chocolate each the next morning. While enjoying that outside in the sunshine we decided to head off for a cycle together, my tour guides showing me the back roads around my new home. T (9) stopped when he spotted some sheep’s wool stuck in barbed wire and pocketed it. Just a few days previously we had been sewing bedding for animals and stuffing it with cotton wool. “Perfect for stuffing bedding,” I said. “No,” he said, “whenever I have a really good day I find something to keep as a reminder.” “A memento,” I said.
A reminder to us all that it is the simple things that children remember and hold dear. For those of you finding this extended time of no school/routine challenging, I urge you to get outside, go explore, play a game, just have the chats. These things are often overlooked in the busyness of a normal week. Embrace the slower pace of life and make memories together.