Sunday, 25 December 2016

School Holidays

Hi friends

I have not been blogging for some days.

It was that, the school holidays.

Not that I'm a school kid as you know I left school decades ago, though I still write and think and act like school kid sometimes. Am still upbeat about the school holidays haha.

Remember there is always that little girl in every woman?

The children came to stay for a week. They . . .fresh bubbly honest and in simplicity. A joy to have them here. Everything enlivened. All vitalized ha ha. Their laughters and giggles were contagious. The house became so alive and noisy but the noise was lovely. They made me feel young again.

It felt so good be surrounded by happy children. All four girls. Though it was quite hectic having them around but I didn't mind at all. Their chatters and laughters made my day.

To entertain them took some thinking and planning.

Well now we are living in the material world, give them what they want and your problem is solved. Give them gadgets and they will sit there engrossed with whatever they are on that there will be no complaining and whining. Easy.

But nope. Not with me. There were better things.

I also put some responsibilities on their shoulders. The elder girls helped me with the laundry and simple works in the kitchen. They also helped to bathe the little one. In fact they were good at it.

We had time for more interesting activities together when works had been done with.

I can't help thinking about my younger days. Holiday or not the days were the same except you did not have to go to school. Going for trips? Going places? No such thing. May be just once or twice to the cinema. It was considered a luxury in those backward days. At other times it was all about helping our parents with their kampung work.

When my own children were schooling school holiday was quite a tough time for me and hubby as we were working parents. Just like my grandchildren especially when they were younger stayed with their grandmother in the kampung. Or sometimes the grandmother came over. In the later years their school holidays were occupied by attending sports camp and taking part in tennis tournaments as they were quite serious into sports.

For these girls what a pity there was no holiday trips to resorts and no theme parks this time. No sports camps, nothing. But coming to stay here with me was just as good. The surrounding area provides lots of fun and learning experience to inspire and to enrich their young minds.

Keeping them happy and entertained got myself entertained too.To be so much involved doing things together has strengthened our relationship. And they seem to like what I like. That was a good thing.

Bored with crafts and scrabble we went out. Took them to the pool or to the beach for a swim or we just went out for walks and looked around sort of a  take-photo outing . Let them appreciate nature.

See the strong tangled roots of the mangroves.

The beach morning glory still a beauty even with close petals.
Let them see the vast rambling sea at the coming of a bad weather.

Let them feel the strong breeze in their hair and on their faces.

Looked up at the flock of birds blown by the winds (?)

The sunset a joy to watch.

And as the children like to say  . . . and many more!! heheh.

All are good feeds to their minds.

May they have feelings of gratitude and hence healthy minds . Become happy people when they grow up.

Picture of joy ( old picture)

Bread dunked into milo also nice

Play bubble a must

Crafting together

Swing before a swim

Beach morning glory closed their petals in the evening

The island 

Take a look  up there

Found a stranded kitten


Time to go home

Now its back to normal. They have left. They are now visiting their other grandparents. Well they are not mine and mine alone . . .

At the time of leaving the goodbye hugs were silent . . .

I will cherish those happy moments.

Bye . . .

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