Hello lovelies! How are you going? Are you getting your Halloween on? It’s certainly gaining in popularity here in Melbourne. I’ve been noticing on my walks around the street that people have already been decorating their houses. That’s a bit different from previous years when the decorations only seemed to pop up on the day. I’ll make sure we have lollies ready to go but we won’t be doing anything else. Both kiddies have their heads buried in books, notes, or tapping away at keyboards as they’re in the middle of their end of year assessments. The pressure to achieve particular marks to get into courses or higher levels of study – eugh! I always fall into a state of inertia at this time of the year, tip-toeing around the house, delivering sustaining snacks and making cups of tea, doling out the hugs when the a bit of emotional support is needed. There hasn’t been much levity in our house of late! So what has been sustaining me?
Making: crochet flowers for this project
Drinking: champagne with other parents whilst our girls were in their English exam!
Cooking: my girl’s favourites – anything with chicken, salmon or pasta!
Watching: not a lot. Just started Deep Water which has a stellar Australian cast
Reading: This House of Grief by Helen Garner. I thought it may be a bit macabre and voyeuristic but I’ve been assured the focus is more on the legal and criminal procedure of the case rather than the case itself
Hearing: the washing machine thudding and whirring
Looking: at the blue sky and sunshine out my window
Hoping: both kiddies are satisfied with their efforts at the end of the year
Needing: to put a bit more thought into holiday planning for the end of the year
Looking: forward to a birthday lunch with friends later today
Wishing: my girl was not so critical of herself
Feeling: a bit emotionally drained. It’s been a demanding few years
Wanting: a magic wand so that I could give the other three people in this house what they want
Knowing: that not getting a particular mark is not the end of the world. Just have to convince others of that!
Hmm. Seems to be a bit of a theme running through that! Guess that’s just where we are at at the moment – and that’s what ‘taking stock’ is all about, isn’t it? Just taking moment to notice what is going on, being experienced, at a particular point in time. Sometimes they’re cheery, sometimes a little more fraught. What would your ‘taking stock’ look like at the moment? Thanks to Pip for the inspiration!