A ‘normal’ day 

Happy Father’s Day! I’m not usually one for Hallmark occasions, but I do have a soft spot for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

We aren’t doing anything special today. In fact, Jack made me breakfast this morning, not the other way around.

Father's Day

We are in the midst of storm clouds in our family life. Throw in the tail end of renovations at home, sports injury (Jack, not me) and some serious sleep deprivation and life becomes a bit draining. We both agreed that all we wanted today was a ‘normal’ day. No renovations, no family picnics or dinners, no day trips or lunches, just a day at home with the three of us.

So, here we are, Father’s Day 2017. Jack is moving the lawn while I fold the washing and Lilly moves between helping us both and cleaning the windows (thank you Montessori school for that fun job. It keeps Lilly entertained for longer than most things). As mundane and boring as that sounds, it is exactly what I need. Away from the ‘busy’ of late and into the ‘normal’ of every day life. I’ve never felt so at peace when folding washing!

Father's Day

Cleaning and working become my saviours during crisis times. (Oh, and chocolate. That helps too!) Work is my safe place where I can forget about the rest of the world and throw myself in. I do my best work when I’m under pressure. I get stuck in and the ideas flow. I usually end up burning out and getting myself sick, but it’s the only way I know how to push on. I’ve never been good at relaxation.

Unfortunately our lemons don’t seem to be too good for lemonade making right now, but I know it won’t be long before the storm clouds pass. Life isn’t all bad. I still got to wake up to Lilly asking for her mouse shoes – “mouse, on” – which always brings a smile to my face, even when I desperately need another 5 hours sleep!

So, life isn’t peachy, but it’s not supposed to be.  We are supposed to have ups and downs. If we don’t experience difficult times, how do we know what the good feels like? I’m very optimistic by nature, so I know I’ll see the sun shining through in no time … just after I catch up on this much needed sleep! For now though, the laptop awaits! Yay for remote working … it’s the only kind of therapy that pays me, not the other way around!

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