There’s a moment in the rhythm of our at home days, a sort of early morning pause. H has left the house for work in a flurry of cuddles, shouts of “Bye bye”, and the solemn pronouncement that “Daddeee work” from our littlest girl, and despite it sometimes feeling like we’ve been up for hours it’s really still quite early, and definitely time for breakfast before the chorus of “what are we doing today Mummy?” brings to mind the things I need to not forget to do.
And on the days when the sunlight has been bursting in around the curtain edges and the heat of the day is already building, we open up the windows and doors to the morning and head outside.
First thing in the morning the sun has yet to reach all of the dew and the grass is cool and damp underfoot, but there’s a patch of sunlight just perfect to lay out the picnic blanket and settle down to give some serious concentration to toasty bagels and juice.
And so we sit and chatter a little, and enjoy the sun on our shoulders. It starts with munching, but then as the morning starts to wake us up, well me anyway, the girls are pretty much immediately awake, we talk more, about the wind in the trees behind us, or the cars that we can hear heading out towards the main road. Kitty spots aeroplanes and birds flitting between the trees that make up the back hedge and tells us all a story about how there’s a Mummy bird and a Daddy bird and a baby bird and a big sister bird and they’re all going to have breakfast together , and we try to work out which tree they’ve all hopped away to, and decide whether they’ll like bagel crumbs, and whether there’ll be any crumbs once Elma has finished.
It’s no secret that I love the summer for the potential to be always outside; it’s tidier, it’s easier to clear up at the end of the day, and food always tastes better in the fresh air, so breakfast (and all other meals) outside is a rather obvious natural conclusion.
But for me this moment was about more than just being outside and good food and good company, it was the stillness, the feeling that we could sit around for ages and still have the whole day ahead of us, and that for once in what seem to be incredibly busy weeks, there was no hustle, no hurry, nowhere in the world that we needed to be than right here right now.