It is March Break and it is not a Calgary weekend. I am all caught up on web work for the non-profits I volunteer with. There have been no Valhalla Fine Arts meetings, no clinics to work, no choir performances out of town, and even orchestra is cancelled for the school break. The past two days have been Nothing Days.
Nothing other than supervising the music practicing of various offspring on various instruments, organizing and administering school work for three kids, laundry, meal prep, yard work, housework, tidying, reading aloud, doing weekly homeschooling reports, going for a run, helping the younger girls with their various sewing and baking projects, practicing my viola, tending the chickens, wrecking the play structure and so on. Half my violin students are away for the break so my teaching load is down. I’ve even actually been reading a book, just for my own enjoyment, rather than relying on the audiobooks I can listen to while driving all over western Canada.
It’s just about right. Without all the extra out-of-home responsibilities I feel like I have time to be an attentive parent and look after myself and the house. Imagine if this was what my life was like on an ongoing basis! I would be running marathons and my house would be spotless. I would be erudite and fit and relaxed. Probably infuriatingly so. Maybe it’s better this way.
Still, I like the flow of these “nothing days.” These are days that actually give us an occasional opportunity to think “hmm, what could we do now?” Fallow time is precious.