School holidays, and a slice of perspective pie

19 Apr

School holidays are over. They went way too fast.

We were blessed with the most beautiful autumn weather and made the most of it. We went  away camping for a wonderful few nights in central Victoria. We also enjoyed a few play dates with great friends and another great night away with lovely CP connected friends that involved a visit to the magical town of Walhalla which really is like stepping back in time. And of course we had lots of at home days where we all stayed in our pyjamas and made the most of the Autumn sunshine playing in our backyard and on our new deck.

School started on Monday. We had a slow start back for S who felt anxious and nervous about returning to school so he only stayed for the morning. However, he then stayed all day Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Hooray! We’re going to keep Wednesday as a day off this term so he can get some rest. And also so we can fit in appointments. This week was Second Skin fitting and also a productive visit to the psychologist where we focused on the notion of things being ‘fair’ (more on that later!).

By the end of last term I was feeling pretty worn out. But the holidays recharged my batteries and I am feeling all set to take on new challenges and approach some of the challenges we already have with fresh eyes.

I also got a big whack of perspective pie on the last weekend of the school holidays. I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and my lovely blogging friend Kara had posted about another blogging mum who was close to turning off the life support system for her child who was critically ill following a major seizure. I had just finished reading a ‘devastated’ status update about something ridiculously trivial from another mum friend (who has perfectly healthy children and believe me, very little to be devastated about in her life) . To then, in the next moment read the words of this mother who was preparing to say goodbye to her son forever, who was focusing on the positives of their decision to donate his organs and who was celebrating how lucky she was to have had him in her life, for however long struck home with me. It reminded me to focus not only on  what is really important in life, but especially the important people. And to never forget to be grateful for what is great in your life rather than focusing on what is not. I wish her family love and light and peace.

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2 Responses to “School holidays, and a slice of perspective pie”

  1. Bron April 19, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Sounds like a great start back! Loved seeing your boys on the Holidays and watching all our kids play xx indeed the loss of Gavin is so sad but his Parents are sharing his amazing gifts with others. I know I hugged my kids alot tighter this week too xxxx

    • n0thingbuteverything April 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      Yep, was so lovely to see you guys in the hols, esp love that sweet bond between Pep and M. Hope to catch up again soon – once you’re back from your hols of course! xx

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