It is definitely winter! While I do love christmas and all the festivities there is nothing I love more then the fierce heat of the sun shinning down on me. It might have something to do with been born in Durban South Africa. I don’t know.
I feel like in the winter we don’t get out as much at all. While this is okay and it is nice to have some down time I am a very busy person and I like nothing more than to have my days filled with lots of things to do. Don’t get me wrong I do enjoy nothing more than a cosy night in, with the christmas lights on, watching festive films and snuggling on the sofa with a large warm blanket. Maybe it is just the stage in my life at the moment with a two year old and a five year old, and the prospect of my future awaiting me.
In my mind I think about how soon I will no longer have a little one at home. That seems weird and odd and just very peculiar all at the same time. I can go on thinking, calculating and conspiring about all this for a long time. But I won’t. I am just going to sit and enjoy the place we are now at as a family. A two year old and a five year old. Both so full of mischief and both so full of happiness sunbeams shine when they smile.
We have been so busy working on our home the last couple of months since summer ended, we have not really done any family trips what so ever. Which is a shame really. So this weekend we did just that, an adventure as requested by the children. It was only to our local park but I sparked their imagination inviting them to look for the Gruffalo. Archie absolutely loved this as he loves nothing more then reading or watching the Gruffalo at the moment.
We found lots of muddy puddles and Archie absolutely soaked himself. I forgot a spare pair of socks too so we had to buy some in town. I don’t know how Sophia managed to stay so clean, but probably has a lot to do with the fact she is quite tall.
We spent a while just letting the children run in the fresh air and have fun. Something I do miss about the summer is doing that everyday. It so much better in the sun. But nonetheless the children enjoyed very much doing this in the cold. When you are a child nothing stops you!
I can sit for hours and contemplate exactly how my children manage it. They manage to be happy in any given situation even if seconds before it made them cry. I contemplate how they truly live in the moment and make every second of their fun last. I contemplate how they have such a zest and fire for life it ignites something deep within the adults who journey with them. I was really grumpy yesterday. I don’t even know why. But just spending time in their happy energy and the watching them pull faces pretending to be the Gruffalo made me happy. It knocked the bad mood right out of me.
So although today was so very ordinary to us. Something we like to do a lot. It was so very special. Most days when I am in the right frame of mind, when I am motivated, happy and living in the moment I ponder how beautiful life would be if we all had the imagination and the ideas of a child. I think about how the world would be a better place if we didn’t have any fears, if we were accepting of exactly who we are, warts and all. They have no external worries, they don’t care what they look like. They just want to be comfortable and experience life.
In our little family unit of four there is a lot of love. There is a circle of trust and security provided by each of us that allows something special to be created. That something special is our family. On many levels we are your everyday family. We do everyday family things that you do. But on many levels we are our own extraordinary family, because we give each other exactly what it is we each need.
In our particular case we provide each other with simple things like love, a warm embrace, security, happiness, a shoulder to cry on, support, motivation, a different way of looking at life. Thats special. That is extraordinary, especially to give that gift to another human being.
I see Sophia’s sparkle and I see the twinkle in Archie’s eye. I see the magnificent potential in both my children. It stretches so wide I would never be able to pin it down or reign it in. And, I wouldn’t want to. I love them just the way they are, warts and all!