“In matters of healing the body or the mind, vacation is a true genius!”
Mehmet Murat ildan
Wow! Where is the time going? I can’t believe the Easter holidays are over.
Over already. We’re back on the school-run treadmill. Kids up by 7.15am, dressed by 7.45, out the door with lunchboxes & book-bags & PE kit & scooter/bike/trike/all three… by 8.35. Ideally (*sighs*)
Did we actually have a holiday?
Well, actually I do feel like we’ve had a holiday. We didn’t go away to an elaborate holiday location, we didn’t have great weather, we even had to cope with sickness, we didn’t have to board a plane or train and we didn’t even have to pack a toothbrush (they were already there!). But we did have the most relaxing few days away to heal the body and replenish the mind.
Without any planning we travelled north and spent some time with my mum & dad; the grandparents.
The few days we had away felt like the equivalent to a two weeks, all-inclusive stay in the Caribbean (minus the weather). Honest!
Somehow, my parents seem to have a calming, relaxing, no fuss aura that allows us all to calmly and very quickly unwind, step off our routine treadmill and just chillax.
We’re still doing the same things as we would do at home, but somehow it’s different. Just as noisy but somehow no so frantic. Just as messy but somehow less to tidy up. The children find nick-naks which keep them occupied for hours. The request for TV is minimalized. Dadtired gets to read the newspaper without fuss. There is lots of happy playing. Lots of laughter. We all get to have a decent conversation with each other. The kids sleep in until 8am. So do we. Food is eaten with minimal fuss. I get to enjoy an extra glass of good wine most dinner times (thanks Dad!!) with home-cooked food that’s healthy and tasty and to which I can only aspire (thanks Mum!).
My parents’ house is our home-from-home, which makes for the most relaxing holiday environment.
Although we’re not in an exotic location & we can’t guarantee the weather it’s the best vacation to heal the mind, body and it comes with hugs from mum & dad! I just hope that, in many many years to come, me and DadTired can offer our grown up children & their family a refuge from their day-to-day lives whenever they need it & at the drop of any of their hats.
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She ‘prompts’ bloggers with a word and they write what it means to them. Some of the prompts do what Sara set out to do, they make me stop and think.
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