We left our kids for five days. Took off camping by ourselves, just hubby and I. But before you think we’re totally irresponsible parents let me explain.
We’re not quite empty nesters, but our 18 year old daughter has work commitments and is hardly ever home and our 16yo son just wanted to stay home and do what he loves, computer related and programming stuff. So we agreed. We’d all do our own thing.
Part of me felt like we abandoned them but we didn’t really. They’re old enough to be home alone though I’ll admit I had a few worries.
Fortunately our son is mature for his age. But I wish he wasn’t quite over the camping. He says it’s not his thing anymore. I’m not sure it ever really was.
I wish he was more excited about our big Red Centre trip mid year. Has anyone been in a situation where their teenager doesn’t want to travel anymore?
In the meantime we’ve had five relaxing days in the beautiful King Valley region in Victoria.
We’ve checked in regularly and I remind myself that a bit of time alone is teaching him resilience, independence and life lessons. And sure enough, he coped fine.
It’s also been good for us as parents (and individuals) to have some time out.
Over the course of our time away I kept my eye out for things that looked abandoned, in keeping with Frank’s theme this week.
We came across this tractor, it’s door hanging off its hinges, clearly not used anymore.
These days vineyards are the focus of the area. Dozens of small boutique Italian wineries.
Near Milawa we passed this old rambling stone building. In its hey day it would have been full of life.
Further along near Cheshunt we found these old buildings which were completely transformed.
Proof that even something once old and run down can be given new life.
Since being away I feel as though I’ve abandoned my blog a bit. But I’ve realised it’s okay and sometimes necessary to take that step back, disconnect for awhile, and focus on just living.
Awash with a sense of peace as all my worries were temporarily abandoned.
Now I’m home again and there’s so much catching up to do.
Aside from the usual household and family commitments there’s editors to contact, magazine articles to write, photo sheets to edit and blog posts to compose. And reading of course.
Just know that if I’ve been a bit quiet I haven’t abandoned you and your blogs, just as I didn’t abandon my kids!
I guess it’s all about finding that healthy balance in life. For all of us.
I figure it’s okay to stop every now and then. Catch our breath, balance out the busy-ness of life and the need to always ‘do’with time to just ‘be’.
May we abandon all our inhibitions and enjoy every chance we can to disconnect and enjoy nature. Taking opportunities when we can to replenish the spirit, rejuvenate our body and live completely in the moment.
Wishing you peace of mind and a balanced blogging life as we continue our journey.