Sometimes it really is the simple things in life that give us pleasure.
Back at the end of June, it was a rainy afternoon when I had to go and pick up my daughter from her educational development program.
Now, as many of you know, doing school pickup when it’s raining is not always the most pleasant of tasks. I don’t think any of us would say it’s the ideal circumstances.
But, for whatever reason on this particular day, I was reminded of how much joy I used to feel playing and splashing in the rain when I was younger. I would dance around my Nanna’s front yard, and my brothers and I would jump in puddles to try to splash each other, and the smell was like nothing else.
So, I picked up the kids’ umbrellas, got my son to put his gumboots on, brought my daughter’s gumboots along and headed to school with a happy disposition, rather than feeling how stressful this might be.
When we arrived at school, there were a lot of parents getting their kids into cars as quickly as possible. For once, this wasn’t me.The kids had their gumboots on and their brollies to help stave off the rain, so we were just going to take our sweet time.
When we arrived home, I let the kids in on my plan. We were going to take a walk in the rain, jump in puddles, and then head home for a nice warm bath.
Both kids immediately thought of Peppa Pig and were excited to “jump in muddy puddles”
As we set off on our adventure there was a level of excitement that just can’t be faked. Our kids really throw their whole selves into activities, and can teach us so much about experiencing life.
And as they jumped in puddles I wondered how it is that as adults we can get so caught up in the busy-ness of life and forget about or overlook these simple pleasures.
Now, don’t get me wrong this is not the first time that my kids and I have gone out and played in the rain, or jumped in puddles.
When they were younger it was one of their favourite activities. And if we didn’t have rain then I would create it with a garden hose and we would sing “Rain Rain Go Away”.
I guess, overall this experience just made me take a step back and think.
How did I get so caught up in the busy-ness of life that I had forgotten this was a favourite activity? For both my kids and I.
It’s very easy in our busy lives to look at things as inconveniences and constantly rush to fit everything in.
Sometimes though, we need to let our kids be kids, and find a little of that joyful childish experience for ourselves too.
There were no complaints that night about bath time. There were requests for cuddles as they were feeling close to me and unrushed. There was a lot of narrating about what we had all experienced and enjoyed.
So I’m writing this as a reminder to myself, to: