s l o w * s u n d a y
In this new year, I’ve decided that our Sundays should be slow.
Lovely, creative, even full … but slow. No rushing to get things finished. No hurtling from one end of town to the other. No frantically squeezing in the impossible before Monday comes around again. No catching up on housework, homework, nursing work. Kind and thoughtful words only. No demands on each other’s time. No guilt. Slow and gentle.
There’s but three weeks until Abby’s new school year commences, that means three weeks until babysitting starts up again. Six weeks until university goes back – and oh, it’s going to be such a full year – acute care, preliminary and advanced. Long, intense placements in busy acute care hospitals. As for Julian – well, he works so hard all year round.
Already, I feel a bit daunted. Not ready for such busyness. How has the long summer break begun to disappear already? :sigh:
So …. Sundays should be … need to be slow. Wake up slowly, share a slow and peaceful breakfast. Potter about our home, giving ourselves time to recharge after the previous week, a long and lovely day to exhale before the new week begins. A day in which we look after each other. Enjoy each other. Allow ourselves to move gracefully into the demands of the new week. Not in a panic that oh-my-god it’s here again already.
We practiced today – just Abby and I (Julian’s away for a few days) – and we did okay. We could do better. We have another couple of Sundays to practice – to tweak this slowness. Figure out how best to plan ahead for slow.
I think it will be good. A bit like landing on Free Parking when the Monopoly board is full of hotels and greedy landlords. A moment to go “phew!”
… slow and steady – completing another step on an ongoing costume project – blue sleeves.
… pottering along with slowly building quilt blocks and coming up with a workable bodice pattern.
… a simple dinner put together with those ingredients that are at hand, that require very little preparation, and produce very little washing up.
… a peaceful evening – our favourite distractions accompanied by some delightful BBC drama.
What do you think? Do you need to build some slow into your weekends? Are you already doing it? Let me know how you do it – how you would like to do it – how it works for your family.