So…. how are we all feeling about the idea of the children going back to school in September (all being well)?
I for one have been thinking about it rather a lot. Am I pleased that there is light at the end of the tunnel? Of course I am! I will be able to spend the vast majority of the day earning money, making a living and growing my business for the benefit of my family. Isn’t it weird that this year (the strangest of years), at the end of the Summer Term instead of seeing 7 weeks of holiday looming, ominously ahead of us, I choose to see the light at the end of that deep, dark tunnel, caused by Covid-19. At the beginning of September, those of us with school age children, will be able to get back to some sort of routine, become much more productive and partake in all those things we have been missing for so long, those things which were normal pre Covid-19. The most exciting thing for me will be adding to my client base with a handful of new clients who are due to come on board in the next few weeks, driving my business forward, developing it, putting strategic development at the forefront of my mind and generally throwing myself into my business.
BUT, on the other hand………I am going to miss that closeness we, as a family, have been able to experience, without the threat of work interruptions (although there have inevitably still been a few!), the family time, the precious moments – the memory building. All of this, we have had in bucket loads and I firmly believe my family is stronger and healthier for it. How am I going to feel when, once again, my son’s school (as lovely as it is) takes over influencing and nurturing my child for the vast majority of the day? Not seeing his happy face all day every day is going to be strange at first. That young person looking to me for guidance and boundaries, fun and games, walking and cycling, nourishment and health. How is it going to feel? Somehow it has been all too easy to slip into a routine of being together all of the time and soon that will be taken away.
Will the copious amount of precious time given to us due to Covid-19, make me appreciate the evenings and weekends more? I do hope so, although I fear by this time next year we will all be back into our work/school/home routines and slowly but surely Covid-19 and all that came with it, will become a memory and as such, our new found appreciation of this “2020 norm” will slowly vanish too.