As Little Bear/Captain Hook would say, “Blast this Summer Holiday, and blast this weather!”
Day three of week one (6 more weeks to go) and the weather seems to have forgotten it’s summer. Today was wet, windy, and miserable for us, and although we did manage to get out and had a play date at home the day still felt a bit gloomy. Little Bear got so fed up with the wind and cold that he went to find winter clothes…
Now I’m sure it’s just good old nostalgia, but didn’t the summer holidays used to be sunny?? I mean, ok, not every day but with the August forecast described as “changeable”, I can’t help but feel our seasons are changing. And the other issue I have with the weather is how, in their winter, Australia is only a few degrees colder than here today?!
Anyway, I digress. It’s day 3 of the summer holidays and I’m already itching for September! I love my Little Bear more than words, but he needs to be able to be independent for a few hours. We’ve had a fairly busy three days, yet I can still tell from his mood that he has energy to burn and I think that it’s a type of energy only playgroup can provide for him. That environment of listening to teachers, interacting with a large group of children, having to hold your own and be confident – it’s as much a mental energy as it is physical, and that’s what he needs.
Today I was trying to have a shower and he kept asking me how to spell words, how to write letters, to show him a “f”. It’s not totally out of character for him to be interested in this type of activity but it is quite unusual for him to initiate it, uninvited or unprompted by me or a magazine. And so, I was thinking that this, perhaps, is part of him channelling his mental energy. There could be worse ways I guess.
And then he gave me a worse way. I have mentioned before that I sometimes find playing “shops” a little tedious, well today he showed me a whole new level of tedium. Today, we played “Teacup Travels”. For anyone not familiar with the CBeebies show of the same name then it basically involves a boy/girl travelling back in time to help someone with a very random task all narrated by their Great Aunt who has a teacup depicting that very story. So today, we sat down with our cups of tea and I had to go on an adventure narrated by Little Bear.
According to my phone, the whole thing took less than 5 minutes but in my head I had been there for hours trekking through China.
Is this the timeline of my summer? Will I be ready for Christmas decorations before mid August? Or will it plateau – will we both get used to having each other around and ease back into a relaxed, sunny, blissful summer? Fingers crossed!