These days, most of our evenings are packed. After school activities, playdates swallow up so much time. We barely have time for dinner before it is bedtime.
Today, daughter announced as soon as I picked her up from school, that she had thrown up at school, and that she felt ill. She wanted to go home and rest. Today was her ballet day, and normally, we rush from school to the ballet class. I had come prepared(with snacks and her ballet paraphernalia) to do the usual routine, but decided to not go to the class, as she looked miserable.
So this evening, we decided to spend time together doing whatever she wanted. So she made me play with her doll house, then we played ‘hairdressers‘, and we had a serious discussion on the environment. On why we should avoid taking the car to nearby places, and why we should walk instead, on how the environment gets polluted. We also discussed religion but that requires a post of it’s own.
It was such an interesting discussion, and I tried to make it as simple as possible for her. It is amazing how much a child can understand, if we just make the effort of presenting information in away that they can comprehend it. I am not sure how much of all this she will remember, but I do hope that discussing things like this will open up her mind to things.
But what I liked most was that, It was after a long time, that we were not rushing around, or trying to get through with the work that needs doing, or having dinner. It was just an evening, without any agenda, but an evening which was unexpectedly special. An evening, where we did things we wanted to, not because it needed doing. While her activities and everything are certainly fun, once in a while, a relaxed, easy evening has it’s own charm. I think the biggest difference today was that I was completely relaxed too. I did not have things on my mind. I was not looking at the clock, every 10 minutes. Not going to the ballet class freed up so time for us.
I had such a wonderful time with her, that I am tempted to bunk classes and do this again. But then I am sure it would have lost it’s novelty then 🙂
* This post was written yesterday, today has just started for me here*