The sun flare, his little legs, the colours and that shadow. Friday really was full of autumn loveliness. Everything about waking up to a blue sky and sunshine in October makes me smile. It wasn’t long before George asked if we could walk to school and if truth be told I was excited about the prospect of walking as much as he was. Maybe for different reasons although I’m not really sure that mattered. We have both been waiting for a sunshine filled and dry Friday morning to arrive and as I only do the morning school run once a week it was a real treat to wake up to this view after a few days of rain and grey skies.
I don’t remember the last time we walked to school. I remember being able to walk most Friday’s when I worked in Manchester which coincided nicely with the day I would work from home. As much as I don’t miss the commute into Manchester I wholeheartedly miss the opportunity to walk him to school each week, come rain or shine it was a little routine we had, one we both loved. I miss the random conversation, practising his spellings, kicking leaves, holding hands, taking a hop, skip and a jump as we made our way and the laughter. It really is the little things that often have the biggest impact.
These days I literally have to run off the playground to make it to the office in time. I always feel like it is just me but in reality there are others I see making the same dash when I get the opportunity to slow down a little. Working closer to home has meant I get to be far more present than I was at the beginning of George’s school life but still these are the little things miss, there is always something a change in routine brings and until recently I hadn’t realised how much we both miss walking to school. And so, when George asked if we could walk to school this week I thought, why not? I couldn’t think of a reason why not. Something clicked this week, what difference will an extra ten minutes make? It makes no difference, so why not!
What little things do you love, or miss? I’m going to work on celebrating the little things a little more often. Whether here on my blog or my capturing the moment on camera – I haven’t done for a little while but these are the moments I want to remember, to share joy in in months and years to come. Because these are the moments that fill my mummy heart and leave me smiling as I walk away or can’t be present.