We are lucky enough to live just a mile walk away from school. So, nearly every morning and afternoon, come rain or shine, with the buggy piled high with bags and with my youngest snuggled inside for his nap we walk (and scoot) the twenty minute journey there and back …
Through having days in the school holidays when I don’t have these trips to do, I have come to realise how much I love them. Walking at a good pace, with purpose and heart pounding, with the children flying ahead on their scooters, it is often two of the only times when the boys have my full attention. Although it is often frustrating when they are all arguing over who gets to talk to me next, I appreciate this time when they can talk to me without me being distracted – finally Mummy isn’t washing up, looking after the little ones, making the dinner etc. Often these walks are the times when they tell me things that have happened at school that they wouldn’t tell me otherwise, which may be missed if we all bundled into the car and were home in 2 minutes.
The school runs are like the punctuation in my day. As much as I enjoy having the freedom of not having to do them in the holidays, I really do like the structure they give my day in the term time. As much as getting out of the house with 4 children by 8.20 nearly kills me on a daily basis, I think I thrive on it really.
So this week I took my camera along with me and documented one of our school run trips in the afternoon. This seemingly mundane event suddenly holds so much more joy and beauty than you previously imagined, when you capture it through a lens.
I hope the children will remember these morning and afternoon walks as fondly as I will. As much as they complain when I make us walk in the rain or freezing winds, the benefits we get from the 4 miles we walk every day: from the conversations, the exercise, the way it wakes us up in the morning and then teaches us to persevere when we’re tired and hungry at the end of the day, make it all worth it. Even if the rest of the day has been disastrous and we have achieved nothing else, at least we have done that.