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.