Holiday fever has struck. We've closed our books for the last time this term. Reports have been written, folders checked. We're ready for the holidays to start. But suddenly I've stopped and thought. What is it about holidays that we like so much?
Our school term is not that painful. Maths is about the only structured work we do. After that, we make it up as we go along. Learning is mostly self-directed. We study whatever interests us, with Mum providing support and resources. Educational movies rank high on our list on things to do, as does Shakespeare in any shape or form. We all enjoy listening to Mum read books aloud. There's never a subject that we don't enjoy. Then why is it that we still long for the holidays?
After much thinking I'm still not sure. Maybe it's the fact that we don't have any work to do. But our work seems more like play than work, so it can't be that. Is it the fact that we can get up later? No, we normally get up early, even in the holidays. Is it the fact that there are no music practices to do? Definitely not! We're in the middle of preparing for exams. We can't afford to stop practising. So why?
Maybe it's that we have plenty of time to do things as a family, as Dad is on holidays too. It could be the fact that there is no structure to our day. Meals often end up being made and eaten when we're hungry. It could be the fact that we can spend whole days doing just one thing if we want to.
It could be any of these reasons. It could be none. It might just be that there is a feeling of freedom from any sort of work, no matter how fun it is. But the fact remains, we're just as excited about holidays as anyone else. And right now I'm planning what I'll do these holidays. Already a stack of books sits by my desk, begging to be read. A half finished story waits on my computer. Blog posts, as yet unwritten, dance around in my head, asking me to put them down on screen. Yes, I have plenty to fill this holidays with.
"Never mind the whys and wherefores," as Gilbert and Sullivan say, I'm just glad it is holidays. Two weeks of possibilities stretch before me. Every day is a new adventure. I'm going to fill each day with fun, spend time with my family, and live each day to the full.
Why do you look forwards to the holidays? What do you like to do when you're on holidays?