|Early Fall calm|
Yesterday was a wonderful slow, quiet, and somewhat spontaneous day with my daughter. It is rare that I can put all those words together when describing how she and I spend our time with each other Since I've started working before the crack of dawn on the two days I work outside of the home I've found that I hit a wall early in the afternoon. Therefore I try not to schedule much on those afternoons. Yesterday after an appointment following mid-day school pickup we ran an errand then found ourselves lingering in a used book store in our neighborhood, hanging out at a local coffee shop reading books and sipping "warm chocolate," running into friends/ neighbors and spending time catching up with them. The only thing pressing was my parking meter outside.
Although my daughter rarely takes naps anymore we try our best to have "rest time" in the afternoon. When quiet time in her room didn't work out I pulled a new trick out of my bag. I'd been referred to them a few times before, but finally tried yesterday after a push from a friend last week--Sparkle Stories! (There are currently a whole bunch of free Halloween stories one can download.) V has long loved being read to, paging through books by herself, following a short audio book at home, and listening to some longer audio chapter books on long cars ride lately. But Sparkle Stories are a little different in that she's encouraged to sit still--not going anywhere like in the car when one can look out the window, not futz with anything, and just picture the story in her head. She sat for more than 45 minutes yesterday curled up on the couch just listening to a story. I took the opportunity to curl up next to her and read a library book I'd just picked up. It was beautiful. So quiet, so still except for the steady rhythm of her breath from across the couch. When she finished I asked her some questions about her story. I can only hope this will continue to improve both her listening skills and imagination. And it will most certainly give me a chance to regularly read and be still--I find that if I'm home alone with an opportunity to read I get easily distracted and am up and down a lot. Yesterday I felt more compelled to be still myself.
|Time together in nature|
Hoping for many more of these kinds of slow days very soon. And hoping we can make them last well into the busy holiday season that will soon be upon us.