Holidays: #ThePrompt

“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.

For this post I’m linking up with Sara at Mumturnedmom and #The Prompt


Sara says “a piece of writing can convey information, knowledge, emotion; it can take us to places we’ve never been and change our world view. It can make us cry or it can make us laugh. It can challenge our perceptions, our misconceptions. It can teach us” – and I agree.

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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  • Mel

    That sounds like a great unplanned holiday! Your parents sound amazing… Going to my father-in-law’s has the same effect on us. Mel

    • MummyShire

      I’m glad you have a refuge too, somewhere you can escape. It’s a lovely feeling and I’m thankful to the people that create that space xx

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    How wonderful that a few days with your parents can have such a healing effect. We don’t need to go far, do we, just far enough to leave the day to day behind, if only in a conscious decision to take a break 🙂 I’m so glad you had such a lovely few days. Thanks ever so much for linking to #ThePrompt x

  • Pat

    Feeling nostalgic right now. I remember those feelings in your parents’ home from my childhood. Amid the current chaos and noise . . . Thanks for the memories, Tracey.

    • MummyShire

      DadTired just called me a sentimental old goat cos your comment stopped me in my tracks (and maybe shed a small tear if Im honest!). They still have that calming magic!

  • Carol Cameleon

    Sounds amazing! Impromptu trips are often the best aren’t they?

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