Roads are empty, parks are full and shop centres heave with teenagers. The school holidays are upon us once again. How time flies eh?
Just last week I was with my son at his mate’s birthday party. The young guests were certainly enjoying themselves and the weather kept things perfect. One of those childhood summers where the fun never runs out and the sun is shining.
There seemed – at least to me – a certain amount of magic in the air that afternoon. Perhaps it was just my parental knowledge of knowing that the school holidays were well underway and maybe the happy recollections of my own childhood. With the sun shining and the kids all laughing, I felt a buzz of excitement: as if we were on the cusp of something. It felt like they were all about to embark on a big adventure, ride out into the sun-set on mini Magnificent Seven vibe.
I don’t know if you do this or not, but there are certain days or times of the year that have this feeling of magic to them. Christmas is one of those – or it is now I have kids. In my working life it all seemed a blur of work parties and shopping trips to get things for people. Don’t get me wrong, I like shopping and I like giving presents… just maybe not having to do it all when everyone else is would help 🙂 Now we’ve got kids, things have settled down to a family affair and – as most parents will say – the look on their faces is what makes it all worthwhile.
Another time is Saturday – especially Saturday morning – as this gives me the feeling that I felt at the party. You have the whole weekend in front of you. Two days to do what you like – well almost what you like – with no ties to deadlines or work guff to get in the way. There’s the will it / won’t it roller coaster of the British climate and understandably the affect that has one where you can go and what you want to do.
Opposite of Saturday is Sunday which to me always feels like Saturday’s slower and ploddier sibling. The thrill of the weekend is waning and indeed if the TV can be used a barometer of our mood, then Sunday is the quiet walk in the park compared to the glitzkreig rave that Saturday’s TV is. Ironically, I don’t watch much TV during these periods. Indeed, apart from a few regular shows, TV use seems to be waning in our house. The Internet seems far more interesting.
So… umm… enjoy the weekend! 🙂
[ Today’s lyric: Saturday by Fall Out Boy ]