Working weekends

16 Mar

 

I work every weekend so Tuesdays and Fridays are my days at home, my real weekend. Tuesdays and Fridays have become so special to me that I find myself counting down to them. On Tuesdays and Fridays I have my little boy and little girl and I also have my nephew. My nephew is key to my happiness on Tuesdays and Fridays because his inclusion on these days prevents me from having to come up with some sort of outing to entertain my children. All the guilt at wanting to stay and home and hibernate is relieved by the fact that he is here and I couldn’t if I wanted to anyway…and I definitely want to stay home at least two days a week.

The rest of the week is so full of activities and errands, work and obligations, some of which are fun and some of which are just necessary. My favourite moments as a parent and an aunty all involve me sitting down watching our children play and interact. I get pleasure from hanging out some washing while they play on the trampoline. I love watching them try to help me by putting things in the bin and calling each other for lunch. And the fact that I don’t do it every day of the week makes me realise just how special this time is.

Today we are eating grapes and playing with cheap bouncy balls I bought at Rebel Sport. My nephew has finished his grapes and is now taking my daughter’s grapes. My other son just came and told him off for stealing grapes. My nephew has just run into another room, still eating stolen grapes. He is holding a little yellow chicken toy. I just giggle all day.

When staying at home was my every day I must confess that there were many days when I didn’t appreciate it as much as I do now. I really feel like I have struck a work-life balance that allows me to enjoy everything in my life a little more.

It’s a good feeling to know you’ve struck a life balance that works for you. Now if I just get a little housework done it really will be the perfect day.

La Dolce Vita – Jo Abi

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