Life with small children often seems like one long ‘To Do’ list. You feed and dress and wash and tidy and shop and entertain and cook. Not that any of these tasks are particularly arduous, it’s what we signed up for after all. It’s just that the list seems to expand to fill the available time leaving no room for those little non-essentials we used to occupy ourselves with.
Occasionally though there are those days where everything falls into place. No traffic on the way to nursery, an extra long nap, husband home from work early and suddenly you’ve got time to pick something from the ‘want to do’ list instead of the ‘need to do’ list. For me it’s baking, the best kind of chemistry that turns such uninspiring parts into an appetising whole, or getting to watch The Andrew Marr Show on a Sunday morning instead of Fireman Sam. These are my ‘yellow days’. I’m not entirely sure why I call them that. I guess they just seem a little bit brighter than the rest, not so much because of the activity I fill them with but rather that they make me realise that I can’t be as useless a parent as I sometimes feel. I must be doing something right because today the kids are either asleep or happily entertained, I don’t have something pressing to do and life is going smoothly. I feel proud of myself. Most importantly, I try to remember my yellow days when things aren’t going so well and chaos reigns.
So that’s why I love my yellow days. I plan to make sure I have more of them, do more interesting things with them and use this blog to keep track of them. I think all mums and dads can probably list a couple of things they took for granted pre-baby that they no longer have time for, day-to-day pleasures that now seem the height of frivolous luxury. So why don’t you join me? Take some time today to do something you used to enjoy or even try something new. Anyone for yoga? Maybe some photography? Reflect on what a good job you must be doing and if you have a few minutes left why not leave me a comment and tell me what you’ve been up to.