Time for some R and R?

(Today’s Author is Carol from MWM Paignton)

It’s been a busy term at Music with Mummy and Jolly Babies in Torbay, but we’ve finally made it to the Easter Holidays and it’s time to put the maracas down, pack away the drums, and put our collective feet up for a while. And those of you who are involved in the daily drudgery of early morning school runs, making packed lunches, finding book bags, bundling arguing children into cars, and rushing to the school gate so YOU don’t get told off by the teacher, well, I know you will have been breathing a sigh of relief too on Friday morning that you have a break from all that for a while.

I don’t know about you, but do you feel this last couple of months has all been a bit of a blur? That the hamster wheel we all are on is going just a little bit too fast at times? I’m not talking about life in general; I think we all would agree that life seems to go in a flash and you look back and wonder where the last 5 or 10 years have gone, and how your life has probably changed beyond all recognition since your little people came into your lives.

I’m more thinking just the speed of the hours in the day. I think there is some trickery going on behind the scenes in my house, that something keeps pushing the clock forward an hour every day, not just last weekend! Otherwise, why is it that I just can’t seem to get on top of everything? I have piles of washing that turn into piles of ironing, of which only the top dozen items ever really get to see the ironing board. I have dust that collects on every possible surface, that is always especially noticeable when mother-in-law pops round…. You can barely see out of my windows after all the snow and rain the last few weeks, but that’s no excuse, I have been saying I’ll wash the windows for a couple of weeks now, but for some reason I just haven’t had the time.


I suppose, like you, there are so many other commitments on my time, that housework inevitably falls to the bottom of the list. And I, probably like lots of you, have been saying something along the lines of, “Now it’s the holidays, I’ll catch up on all those jobs I’ve been meaning to do.” What kind of holiday is that? We just swap one type of task for another, and Rest and Recuperation rarely gets a look in.  But there is the old saying that “a change is as good as a rest” and I suppose that’s true, but it would be nice to have the time to actually have a rest and then I could decide which was better, a change of chores or a nap!

I’ve never been good at resting, I get bored too easily. When I was much younger, in the summer holidays, I would pack myself a bag with lunch, drinks, books, sunglasses and sun cream etc and go and find a nice spot to just chill out and relax. I would see other girls/young women who seemed to enjoy lying in the sun and just being still. Without fail, every time, 15 minutes in I was bored stiff, packed up my bag again and pottered off to ‘do’ something. I can’t just do nothing. I suppose that’s why I enjoy running Music with Mummy classes – there is never any down time, no chance of not being kept busy both during classes with your lovely little people who keep me on my toes, and, also plenty to keep on top of in the background at home. There is lots of admin and planning behind the scenes that goes on to keep the wheels turning and the bells ringing, and I like that. It does mean, however, that the housework does get pushed further and further down the pecking order, and let’s face it, housework isn’t great fun, is it. But it is a shame that my need to keep busy doesn’t quite extend to just getting on with the cleaning!


Weirdly though, I spent Friday morning at my mum’s flat cleaning her kitchen top to bottom as mum is hopefully going to be moving into a more convenient and appropriate flat for her going forward in her maturing years, and I thoroughly enjoyed cleaning her house getting it ready for the Estate Agents to take pictures. Why can’t I get the same enthusiasm to do my own!?! I had hoped it might spur me on to tackle my mountain of chores…. Doubt it somehow!

But I am hoping for some R & R over the holidays, even if it means it’s not so much a rest but at least a change of routine and maybe, just maybe, catch up on a few things. And I hope you also get the same during the Easter break, some time to do something different and spend some fun time with the family. The chores can definitely wait!

Happy Easter

Carol x x x


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