I’ve had grand-daughters here for 4 days – so what did I learn?Expensive play equipment is not needed when the river and the tides leave it for free.
Dust is something else to draw in and so are salty windows.
If you need to see outside and the windows are opaque with salt spray, go outside. Easy! And don’t waste time washing them before a storm!
Walking on the beach, running up and down sand dunes is more fun than hanging washing, although it has to be done.
The day has begun so don’t waste it wondering what to do – just go and do it.
4-year-olds wake up happy unless they are unwell.
Apparently I have more lines from smiling than frowning. 4-year-old logic says that means I’m happy a lot.
Occupied shells smell bad – don’t take them home.
Always take a bag to the beach for the treasures you’ll find . . . pockets are not big enough although it does make you edit what you’ll keep.
Winter weather doesn’t matter if you can keep warm.
Cold feet are okay and to be expected if you paddle in the winter, and of course you should!
It makes no difference to a child if no housework is done . . . as long as it doesn’t lead to food poisoning.
If it has to be done, vacuuming, or anything else, is more fun if you have some music playing while you do it.
Disappearing into a good book is learned young and its to be recommended at any time of the day . . . or night.
If you’re 7 and find a piece of wood shaped like a pterodactyl’s head, you don’t think twice about bringing it back from the beach and making it into one.
A little sister can help, especially if you let her know what to do. “Draw anything you like between the blue line and the green line, okay?”
My house seemed very quiet and empty this morning.
And no, I am not going to do the dusting, wash windows or vacuum . . . I’m going for a walk along the beach while the sun is shining.
I think I am finally learning how to prioritise.