Every month I start by saying how busy we’ve been. I could start this post by commenting that we’ve been so busy, I didn’t even manage to publish a post in October. But really, there must be something more I can say than that?
The trouble is, when we’re this busy I lose track. I know we’ve done lots of fun stuff, but it’s all a bit of a blur. And then I have to wonder: what are we actually busy doing? Are we just busy with being busy, or are we gaining something along the way?
It’s not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?
Henry David Thoreau
I worry that we’re missing the important moments as they whizz by.
October was a great month. Full of activities and sports and play. Topped off with a full-on Halloween weekend. Which was brilliant, but I think that we lost some of the fun of it because we were too busy rushing to fit in the next event.
Add to that the fact that our family was incomplete for a chunk of the month, with my husband in the UK for a fortnight: I know it was fun, but I struggle to pinpoint the specifics.
We spent a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and enjoyed the long weekend. A much needed breather. I have to say, I love Thanksgiving, it’s a holiday that we have wholeheartedly adopted. I love it for the break it gives us before the run up to Christmas, and for the reminder it gives us to take a moment and be grateful. (Even as I am aware of the irony of celebrating this particular historic event, especially in light of the current political climate!)
And we made the most of it. We took it easy and just spent time. Doing nothing much in particular. Proper family time.
As we gear up for more busyness in the shape of Christmas, I am mindful that while it’s fun to do everything that we have the chance to: go to the parties, do the sports, have the playdates. We need to slow down enough to actually enjoy them. If we’re constantly rushing to the next thing, we are in danger of never being really present.
Then all those fun activities are lost to the blur. And that’s a shame.
So, here’s to me and mine in November and here’s to being in the moment with them.
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