Wednesday, January 25, 2017
So it's a pretty standard holiday story. You go away and the kids swim and walk and cycle all day, eat foods that are normally treats, sleep well because they are physically exhausted, and are generally very happy to be lavished with attention from two parents and allowed to do all the things they love to do. Meanwhile, you watch on, delighting in the way it ought to be, this raising kids malarky, maybe even manage to read an entire book, actually have a conversation or two with one another, and inevitably indulge in the-why-don't-we-move-here-fantasy. And of course, we did do all this last week. We'd planned a business, selected a street to live on, even noticed a possible school...but it was all a FANTASY. Just part of going away to a different place and doing things differently and wondering what if... I love where we live and I have no real desire to move anywhere else, but still, there is something special about going away and seeing an alternative way of being. So rather than pack our bags, we decided to think about what made being on holiday better than not being on holiday, and to attempt to bring some of those things back with us to our everyday life. I won't bore you with all the details but let's just say less technology is good, so is lots of unscheduled time, cooking together seems to make eating together a lot more enjoyable, and spending as much time as possible outdoors in nature makes everyone happier. Simple, right?