Simple pleasures; hang onto them as you face challenges and remember the phrase ‘This too shall pass’……

We visited a different park yesterday and spent a very happy afternoon there as the girls found a friend from nursery to play with and the laddie was included in a ‘posse’ of Nerf gun touters who were holding up all the forts in the park. At the same time they were all happily occupied and the two adults involved could breathe for a moment as serendipity reigned.

At one point the ‘Dad’ and I rested on the edge of the sand pit and chatted whilst we watched the little ones play.

‘Dad’ finds looking after his three year old daughter more tiring than his daily job, which has surprised him as his daily work routine carries a huge amount of responsibility which results in a lot of stress. He questioned my decision to spend time with little ones. I replied ‘Look at them right now; they are completely in the moment and playing with abandon. They delight in the simple pleasures, each others company and there is an absence of fear. We need to remember what that is like as we have forgotten and we could learn from them’. This resulted in a humourous discussion which was brought to an abrupt halt as the little ones drenched us both in buckets of sand. It was surprising how much tipped out of my clothing when I came to get undressed last night!

There is a lot of change going on for many folk right now and not surprisingly this is unsettling. I understand because it is happening in spadefuls at this end and what is helping me to maintain my balance is simple pleasures.

A visit to a park with an empathetic adult, a little one falling asleep in my arms with her hand holding mine, our ‘boys’ curled up on me whilst I got some studying done, my daughter falling about laughing at my attempt to get her to take vitamins this morning by serving up the Vitamin C in a pretty mug (18 and still not fooled by my moves), walking across the park with my ‘vitamin infused’ daughter in the sunshine as she went to work, fresh washing blowing on the line, a loving email from a friend facing similar challenges and hanging on dearly to the phrase……’This too shall pass’.

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