Louise looked forlornly at her bicycle whilst grabbing buckets and spades and a picnic blanket. Hanging on the wall, it was tantalisingly close and yet out of reach for a few weeks. You see, Louise had no free time because it was the holidays!
She wondered why, two weeks into the holiday with one to go, she needed a holiday. Surely that didn’t make sense! She reflected, trying to find a clue: not having to rush around in the early hours getting everyone ready for school, was definitely a bonus and the holiday had been filled with laughter from fun-packed days out and visiting family and friends. But relaxing? Let’s see… she had packed the diary with entertainment, driven around the UK visiting friends and family, packed, unpacked and re-packed everyone’s suitcases several times, run a seemingly never-ending launderette, cooked and cleaned and even squeezed a wee-bit of work in too. 💡 Playing detective, she digged deeper:
There were the relentless demands:
Mum, I’m hungry. Mum, I’m thirsty.
The boundless energy:
Mum, I’m bored.
How many minutes till we get there?
Four minutes less than the last time you asked darling….
And on a special day; the occasional bickering:
He said…. she said…
He’s had more television time than me.
She had two more smarties than me.
Her work was piling up with little free time available. Her blog became a distant memory. And most agonizingly of all, her prized cycle rides became like the holy grail. Hanging on the wall and gathering dust, her bicycle was crying out to be sat on and taken for a spin. 😥
She idly wondered if a siren goes off in children’s heads when their parents’ bum hits a seat. How do they know you are having a moment to yourself? Testing the theory whilst craving a moments peace, she made a cup of tea, grabbed a book and sneaked off to a bathroom, where she shielded herself from the incessant noise and demands by closing and locking the door. Two pages in, an elusive calm descended – absolute bliss! And then as if by magic, her absence was noted: the door handle turned and then shook in frustration:
Why has she locked the door? Mum, what are you doing in there?
Having a few minutes peace.
Can we join you?
Why not, don’t you love us?
Yes I do: very much, I just need a couple of minutes to myself.
Shall we join you?
Yes, definitely a siren she concluded, as those cherished moments were snatched away from her as they laughingly-remembered they could unlock the bathroom door from the outside.
And so, her escape into the countryside at the weekends, or the occasional evening, is her nectar, her dream, her ideal and her rejuvenation. Consider it re-charging the battery to reward the children with more attention and energy!
Relishing the freedom and racing around the country lanes; the recent spring sunshine and warm temperatures have added to the delight. Even the challenging 24 mph – gusting at 37 -wind today, was enjoyed. After all for just an hour and a half of the week it was just her, her bike, tranquility and sweeping views of fields. No petting zoos, no garishly-lit and noisy rollerskating parks, no soft-play areas, no over-crowded parks, no long car journeys. Just bliss and this view for miles around; with the reward of precious cuddles when you get home: