Living Arrows: a little moment of the week to pause, savour and treasure
With Kitty heading off to school five days and week, and my working five and heading out the door on four of them, our weekends are becoming more and more about being at home. We have ballet class and hockey matches on Saturday and church on Sunday morning but beyond that whenever we think about going out, we think, we pause, and then the idea of just staying at home wins out. I’m pretty sure that it will stay that way while the weather stays gloriously autumnal, it fills the house with sunshine, sends the dust motes sparkling, and we just breathe out, and ignore the housework.
I know when the rain and the damp sets in we won’t be able to get out into the garden so much, we have a south facing garden on the north side of a hill in the shade of a ginormous tree, and even now we’ve reached the stage where it doesn’t get warm enough during the day to dry the grass. Over the winter it tends to get wetter and wetter and we eventually reach a point where the levels of mud reach critical point and we go to the playpark with its nice quick drying bouncy paving more than we head into the garden. So while it is still an option just to throw open the doors and play we’re going for it; muddy knees and all.
Kitty unearthed our football from the flower bed. It’s usually Pip’s favourite toy, we roll it off away from him and he chases after it at high speed, hugs it, tries to sit on it and gives a very stern look to anyone who tries to take it off him, although he’ll happily play catch with you, he just want it back.
I don’t think he was too convinced about letting her actually kick it and she had to play chase with him for a little while before he could be persuaded to let her have a go, but then, very carefully, she lined it up, took aim, let fly…
…and made contact, sending the ball flying down the garden to H! Someone has clearly been paying attention during playtime at school and she was just so happy about it.
A little moment in our week, the simplest sort of fun in the garden, but they’re the moments when I can wrap my family around me and the time we all spent apart during the week just falls away.