Morning! It’s that time again! This Monday is a bit different as it’s HALF TERM!! I have loved having the school holidays off this past year, and if I could find another job working term time only once my current job finishes I definitely would. We’ve got some fun things planned this week and I’m particularly looking forward to a girls day out of shopping and lunch on Tuesday with 6 year old Phoebe. Boy does that girl know how to shop, I can’t think where she gets it from! This weekend has been more fun than usual because I haven’t had the usual rush to get lots of jobs done before going back to work on Monday. On Saturday Phoebe and I went to see all the talented dancers and singers at her theatre school perform in their festival presentation. Phoebe has decided she wants to start taking part in festivals…I’m not sure I’m quite ready to be a ‘Dance Mum’ but she’s adamant the stage is where she belongs so we’ll go with it!
On Sunday my Mum and Dad came up to visit and we took them out for Sunday lunch to celebrate my Dad’s 86th birthday on Friday! It was lovely to see them and I do treasure every moment I spend with them as they get older. I am so lucky to have such an active and generally very healthy Mum and Dad. They will have been married 60 years next year and are a true inspiration (although they don’t half know how to argue!). They always make time for us all, they never miss a concert or a show that the children are in, they travel up to my house once a week to help walk my dogs (they live an hour away) and are always out and about visiting friends and relatives, going to the cinema, playing golf and going to the opera! My Dad is as cheeky and funny as he’s always been and really enjoys spending time with the children. Last time he came to visit he spent a good couple of hours playing on the Wii with Phoebe – he loved it!
I have regularly worried about growing old but looking at my parents I wonder what there is to be worried about? They have such a full life and show no signs of slowing down any time soon. Making memories has been our focus as a family for the last few years and we will continue to do as much as we can to fill our lives with fun experiences for the children to look back on and remember. I think as long as we savour every day we have and enjoy life then growing old is simply a passing of the years. There is so much to look forward to as we grow older that we shouldn’t be afraid. Embrace the past, present and future, live each day to the full and know that age is not how old you are but how many years of fun you’ve had!
Have a great week!