Posted by : Karen Monday, July 18, 2011
'School' is back in session! The third term of schooling has begun in the sunny Western Cape! For me, that means that my younger two go back to their pre-schools, and King Arthur and I 'do' school here at home.
I spent ages assessing where King Arthur was, writing down some short term goals I wanted to encourage him to reach this term, and planning the nitty gritty stuff too - we finished off last term mid week (imagine how much this goes against my grain!), so this week is about wrapping up loose ends from last term and then moving forward. I was even led to look at Aragorn in a clearer light - these are the aspects of parenting that matters - the 'stuff' that will last, not the academics.
The day dawned...and from start to finish it has been one of those golden days. You know the ones? Where everything just flows so effortlessly? True, I was organised last night - with pre-packing lunch boxes and preparing to teach for my day, but it was more than that. It is the spring in my step. The pleasure. The delight in this road we're on.
This morning, I sent everyone off to school with smiles, watched them wrap their tiny arms around friends they hadn't seen over the holidays, wide grins stretching from ear to ear. I watched them hug friends so hard they lifted them off the ground and fell over. I watched them embrace teacher's legs. And King Arthur and I had an awesome day - giving him a three week break as opposed to continuing to teach him (like I had intended :)) has been the best thing ever. He was such an eager and willing student, and even welcomed the outdoor science discovery walk I spontaneously decided to do!
I picked up positively glowing children, and spent a lovely chilled afternoon at home! That I think was also key to the golden hue of the day - not rushing anywhere to see anyone or do co-curriculars. (Our holidays were way too busy with trying to see friends etc, that I blocked out the last week just for us, and it was so worth it!). Everything is slowing easing us into the pace of this term, and I am for the first time, not rushing ahead.
So, here's to many, many more golden days this term!
ps have yet to pack any lunches for tomorrow!