Autumn reflections

Alex Molton reflects on the first few weeks of term….and looks forward to a bit of calm.

Autumn reflections

Beautiful autumn landscape with yellow trees,green and sun. Colorful foliage in the park. Falling leaves natural background

September is probably my favourite time of the year – sunny days interspersed with some wild winds, dark, colder evening (so we all actually sleep) and the chill of the air in the mornings so you know winter is on the way, but not here yet, and the promise of a new school year.

The kids are settling well into their new routines and classes. Son#1 somehow seems to have ended up doing his GCSEs with most of his close friends and his favourite teachers (what are the odds?!) and despite some rather chaotic mornings tracking down ties, PE kits and timetables, and some last minute lifts due to leaving too late to get to school on time, son#2 appears to be fairly happily adjusting to life at high school. He is rather introverted and a bit hesitant to make new friends so I was a little anxious how he would adjust, but so far, so good. In fact he’s managed to acquire a nickname already, he tells me this week: ‘Greek Mythology Google boy’ apparently. Not the most catchy, but certainly not as bad as most we heard or were labelled with at school. And to be fair, he likes Greek myths and googling, so not entirely inaccurate.

In fact I’ve been surprised to find myself filled with maternal joy and pride seeing sons #1 and #2 leave together for school each morning, usually in a rush but always finding time for a hug, in their matching big and small uniforms. It is somehow reminiscent of when I left them at infant school for the first proper day, all smart and lovely and hungry for knowledge.

Our daughter is doing The Romans this term which is proving a big hit – largely I think because they were told in week one that they get to make their own Roman shields this term. Having avoided arts and crafts for several years now I’m quite surprised she is so into it, but overjoyed to see another of our brood share my love of the Classics. She is desperately fighting for some independence this year, asking me at least twice a week if she can walk to school on her own yet (no love, not when you are 8), when she can ditch her car seat (you still need to grow about 5cms) and shunning the cuddles and kisses which we used to exchange at the school gates. All of a sudden she seems rather big.

As always work is manic at this time of year so I find myself already looking forward to half term (too early?) and eager for a brief respite from the Groundhogday-esque feel of term time. Having been quite stressed this week, OH suggested doing some meditation to help to calm my frantic mind. However, I am not good at sitting still and find being outside in the wide wonderful expanse of nature is the best medicine for my busy brain. Hopefully, I can spend spend a few more hours in the autumn sun before nature goes to sleep for another year. I might even get back into running (depending on the dodgy knees!). Christmas is less than 100 days away I read this week (yes, really!) so that is lurking on the horizon, but for now let’s try and enjoy this beautiful season of colour, cosy jumpers, mists and mellow fruitfulness.

 



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