Now that the boys are in primary school, I’ve almost forgotten how it was like to NOT have kids in primary school.
In what seems like another lifetime, when we had 3 kids under the age of 5, our schedule was more flexible. Zac was in kindergarten, a mere 4 hours a day. Jay was still carefree and in his world of play at home, attending “Mommy School” and doing stuff with me. Elly was still a tiny baby.
Play was the norm. Flexibility was our way of life. We would hit the playground whenever we felt like it. Water play in the inflatable pool at home was a frequent affair. Reading of books was regular, and by that I meant me reading to the kids, not silent reading by themselves, which has become the norm nowadays.
Fast forward to now.
The boys are in school the most part of the day. Even Elly goes to school for 3 hours each day. When the boys are back, there are homework, preparations for tests and spellings, enrichment classes to go to. Can I say that I miss those early days when the kids are smaller?! Oh yes, how I miss those days!!!
I had a chance to relive those days last week, when Elly didn’t have to go to school on one of the days.
We went to the playground, and for once I didn’t have to hurry her to stop playing because she had to get ready for school. IT FELT GOOD!!!
When she finally had enough of the playground, she requested for the skate scooter. So I brought her scootering around the neighbourhood.
We picked some flowers along the way… just like what her two brothers used to do when they were younger.
We picked up some leaves too and went home to do leaf painting.
Elly was in such a high spirit the entire day.
Such days have become a rarity for us.
Enjoy these carefree days while they last, Elly.